What is DISC? What is the DISC Model and what does DISC stand for?
The DISC model is a very practical and user-friendly theory of human behavior. It creates a common language and a framework to better understand ourselves and others. It is completely non-judgmental with no good or bad categories, or high or low scores.
The DISC model divides people into four main behavioral styles. Individuals are identified as either People-oriented or Task-oriented. They are further distinguished as Reserved or Active. The resulting behavioral styles are called:
- D-style (Dominance)
- I-style (Influence)
- S-style (Steadiness)
- C-style (Correctness)
The D-style is task-oriented and active. I-style is people-oriented and active. S-style is people-oriented and reserved, and the C-style is task-oriented and reserved.
The 4 DISC types – Dominance, Influence, Steadiness & Correctness
Individuals’ DISC styles, or DISC profiles, do not limit what they can accomplish or how successful they can be. DISC styles simply predict how they tend and prefer to interact and work with others: how they communicate, motivate, influence, sell and lead.
The most successful individuals can be any of the DISC styles. However, the most successful people have a few things in common. They are confidently self-aware of their strengths and development areas. They do not overuse their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They consistently make conscious decisions about how to best modify their style with different styles of people and in different situations.
Extended DISC® is specifically designed to help all of us to make these decisions and to become more successful.
D-style profile: Dominance
The D-style is the most aggressive of the 4 styles. D-styles are quick, competitive and results-focused. Hence, others may see D-styles as being too forceful, blunt, and even rude. Under pressure, they can appear to show lack a of concern for others. D-styles want to be actively in control. Click here to learn more about the D-style Profile.
I-style profile: Influence
I-styles are the most outgoing and social of the 4 styles. They enjoy being the center of attention. I-styles like interacting with others and meeting new people. They don’t like focusing on details, or spending a lot of time alone. People perceive I-styles as friendly, enthusiastic, and animated. Click here to learn more about the I-style profile.
S-style Profile: Steadiness
S-styles are calm, steady, and the most laid back of the 4 styles. S-styles are more reserved and less animated than the outgoing I-styles. They like interacting with others, but they prefer doing it with people they know. S-styles prefer things to remain the same because they prefer to avoid changes and surprises. They highly value family, friends, and their team. Click here to learn more about the S-style profile.
C-style profile: Correctness
C-styles are the most analytical of the 4 styles. C-styles focus on details, facts, information, and proof. They are comfortable working alone. Others see C-styles as rule-followers, reserved, and quiet. Click here to learn more about the C-style profile.
What are DISC Profile Assessments?
Extended DISC® is an online DISC assessment that identifies individuals’ hard-wired DISC style. The results are tailored to your unique needs and preferences. You are not forced to select from a few off-the shelf reports.