DISC improves Culture Relationships Managers Emotional Intelligence Leadership Teamwork Sales

DISC is a non-judgmental survey that helps a person understand their behavioral preferences and personality style. It is a personal development tool aimed at improving an individual’s self-awareness.

Additionally, this tool is used to help individuals adapt their communication style. Anyone can learn to adapt their behaviors to better manage, sell, connect and relate to anyone they are interacting with. Organizations and teams use this tool to build trust and deepen interpersonal relationships. 

You are not defined by a single style DISC Style. Rather, your style is a blend of these four personality types:

  • Dominance (D-Style): Direct, decisive, independent and to the point, and results-oriented. Often described as strong-willed, D Styles enjoy challenges and immediate results.
  • Influence (I-Style): Optimistic, social, and outgoing. I-Styles enjoy being on teams, sharing openly, entertaining others. Those with the I-Style are known to be persuasive.
  • Steadiness (S-Style): Team players, cooperative and supportive. S-Styles prefer working in a stable environment. They are good listeners and prefer to avoid conflict.
  • Conscientiousness (C Style): Cautious, concerned, and analytical. They are focused on quality, details, and accuracy.
DISC Basic Graph

The DISC Basic profile is validated to help train and develop individuals in personal development, leadership, management, and customer service capacities.

DISC Validation and Research

The Assessment Standards Institute (ASI) reports that the overwhelming majority of assessments sold today lack the studies & reporting to verify their accuracy and fairness. Of the small minority which does claim this reporting, most of those were conducted privately – not openly by an objective and qualified third party.

Each report is independently researched for validity, reliability, and disparate impact reporting that meets APA, EEOC, AERA, and NCME standards for excellence and professional compliance.

How does the it work?

Millions of people have taken a DISC assessment because the model is simple to understand. Compared to other tools, DISC becomes a language that anyone can use to help explain their behavior and the behavior of their peers. It allows for a person to describe their behavioral preferences without being judged for them.

While DISC is a simple tool, it contains a number of complex insights that users are able to carry with them and use throughout any day. When learners talk about a person with a ‘D Style’ – that simple statement carries a lot of information and shared experiences. Through this language, learners are able to quickly identify a person as being fast-paced when making decisions, direct, and will likely want to ensure tasks are completed on-time.

Teams and organizations use DISC and the language of the to improve:

  1. Workplace Culture
  2. Communication
  3. Interpersonal Relationships
  4. Team Building

Whether an individual recognizes it, we all have a desire to be understood. This tool acts as a decoder – anyone can use it to learn why a person speaks or behaves in a certain way. The impact of this understanding in the workplace can be felt through both the team or organization dynamics and along with increased financial successes.

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What does It Measure?

At its core, the DISC assessment measures two dimensions of a person. There are many sides to a single person. However, these two dimensions were found to reflect the most fundamental aspects of our behaviors.

You can understand the basis of the model by asking yourself these questions:

Moderately or Fast-Paced?

What is DISC - vertical DISC Style

Do you work at a steady pace? Do you tend to ensure you have all of the details before making a decision?

OR

Do you work at a fast pace? Do you tend to make quick decisions and see the benefits in taking risks?

Skeptical or Agreeable?

What is DISC - horizontal DISC Styles

Do you tend to challenge new ideas to find their flaws and emphasize logical responses?

OR

Are you open to hearing ideas and focused on your connections to the people around you?

As an example, do you know someone who is very social?

Perhaps, if there is a work happy-hour you know they will be the first ones there. You might enjoy their company because they are easy to talk to. Potentially, they were one of the first of your co-workers to strike up a conversation with you on your first day of work. When you interact with them, they usually make you feel accepted. They rarely question your ideas like some of your other co-workers. You appreciate them because they were quick to learn something about you, and they actually remembered it! 

Using the two graphs above as a reference, this person exhibits an I-Style (or Influence Style). This person is:

  • Assertive/bold (The first to an event and meet someone new)
  • People focused/Receptive (They don’t challenge your ideas, and they make you feel accepted)

All of us have the capacity to be social and friendly. However, those with the I-Style naturally exhibit this behavior. They seem at ease in any social situation. Actually, it seems like they seek it out.

DISC helps us identify our preferred behaviors. Furthermore, it helps us understand why we enjoy certain jobs or working with a specific person. 

How to get started using it

DISC Assessments are sold based on application. There is a specific assessment for leaders, teams, individuals, church groups, and even children.

Choose from all of our assessment tools and find the report that matches the application area you are looking to improve.