You may have heard of the DISC Behavioral Profile but unsure what it measures or what value it could have as a life tool. The DISC assessment is a simple, powerful, and practical tool to (1) understand yourself, (2) explain why people respond to you in the ways they do, and (3) provide strategies in influencing others in more positive ways.
What Does DISC Measure?
DISC is an assessment that measures your preferred behaviors without external pressures as well as the behaviors you choose in various work and life situations. DISC is a relatively simple behavioral model, because it measures two dimensions and the degree to which you are:
Outgoing/Faster Paced vs. Reserved/Slower Paced
People-oriented vs. Task-Oriented
With two dimensions, there are four possible outcomes of behaviors which are represented by the letters D-I-S-C. No behavior is better or worse than another or more or less valuable. Teams typically need a combination of all behaviors to be most effective.
Dominant: doer, determined, decisive, demanding, and direct
Inspiring: interactive, impressionable, influencing
Supportive: steady, stable, stat-quo
Competent: cautious, conscientious, careful, contemplative
Although people are a mixture of all traits, they typically have a preference for one or two as they interact with their world and others.
How Would I Use My Results?
People use their DISC learnings to improve individual performance as well as to work more collaboratively in teams. DISC learnings can be helpful in a variety of life situations:
- Choosing careers, jobs, and work cultures
- Selecting effective communication styles and techniques
- Strengthening outcomes in conflict situations
- Leading and managing teams
With greater personal insight into themselves and how preferences work within relationships, people can make better choices in both their work and home lives. Leaders who are empowered with DISC tend to reserve judgment, become more accepting of differences, and choose behaviors that are more effective with their teams.
How Can I Learn My Results?
A DISC administrator can send you a link to take an online survey after determining what report would have the most value for your situation. After completing the 20-minute survey, DISC will email you your custom report. I recommend clients schedule a one-hour session to unpack the results and put the power of their knowledge to work.
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in leadership and business coaching. She administers DISC® and Myers-Briggs® testing, designs and facilitates workshops, and coaches both individuals and teams. She has a passion to help people be the best versions of themselves. You can learn more about Sandra or engage her as your coach by visiting her website at www.shinecrossings.com or by reaching out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org