About Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors™
DiSC is a mechanism for describing and categorizing human behavior.
It is relatively simple, yet surprisingly powerful.
“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“As my awareness increases, my control over my own being increases.”
- William Schutz
About DiSC – What is it?
Everything DiSC™ (lowercase “i”) is a version of the DISC (capital “i”) personality assessment, published by Wiley and available through a network of Authorized Partners, such as 10/10ths Deveopment’s disc training hub. The DISC assessment is one of the most popular personality tests in the world. It is used by businesses, organizations, and individuals to improve communication, teamwork, and leadership.
DiSC is a self-reported personality test that measures four key dimensions of personality: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). These four dimensions are represented by the four letters in the acronym DISC.
Origins of DISC
The DISC assessment is based on the work of psychologist William Moulton Marston, who developed the DISC theory in the early 1920s. Marston believed that personality could be divided into four primary dimensions, which he called Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance. These dimensions were later renamed Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.
For a more detailed look at the evolution of DiSC, see our History of DiSC Infographic.
“The first step toward change is awareness.”
- Nathaniel Branden
“We are all each of us riddles, when unknown one to the other.”
- Mary Shelley
The Four DISC Personality Types
The four DISC personality types are:
- Dominance (D): People with a high D score are typically assertive, decisive, and results-oriented. They are often good at leading and motivating others.
- Influence (I): People with a high I score are typically outgoing, enthusiastic, and persuasive. They are often good at networking and building relationships.
- Steadiness (S): People with a high S score are typically calm, cooperative, and supportive. They are often good at providing stability and encouragement to others.
- Conscientiousness (C): People with a high C score are typically detail-oriented, organized, and conscientious. They are often good at following procedures and ensuring that things are done correctly.
How the DISC Assessment is Used
The DISC assessment can be used in a variety of settings, including:
Business: The DISC assessment can be used to help businesses improve communication, teamwork, and leadership. It can also be used to help employees identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop career goals.
Organizations: The DISC assessment can be used to help organizations improve their culture, communication, and decision-making. It can also be used to help employees understand each other’s needs and preferences, and to work more effectively together.
Individuals: The DISC assessment can be used to help individuals better understand themselves and their own personality style. This can lead to improved self-awareness, communication, and relationships.
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
“The journey of self-discovery is the most rewarding journey you will ever take.”
- Oprah Winfrey
The DISC Assessment and Leadership
The DISC assessment can be a valuable tool for leaders. By understanding the different personality styles of their team members, leaders can better communicate with them, delegate tasks effectively, and build strong teams.
The DISC assessment can also help leaders identify their own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. This can help them develop their leadership skills and become more effective leaders.
The Benefits of the DISC Assessment
The DISC assessment offers a number of benefits, including:
Increased self-awareness: The DISC assessment can help people better understand their own personality style, strengths, and weaknesses. This can lead to improved self-awareness, communication, and relationships.
Improved communication: The DISC assessment can help people understand how to communicate more effectively with people of different personality styles. This can lead to improved teamwork, collaboration, and conflict resolution.
Enhanced decision-making: The DISC assessment can help people make better decisions by understanding the different perspectives of people with different personality styles. This can lead to more informed and inclusive decision-making.
Increased productivity: The DISC assessment can help people identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop strategies to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. This can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
- Carl Jung
“The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say.”
- Kahlil Gibran
Conclusion – About DISC
The DISC assessment is a valuable tool that can be used to improve communication, teamwork, and leadership. It can help people better understand themselves and others, and to work more effectively together.
If you are interested in learning more about the DISC assessment, there are a number of resources available in our website and blog. You can also take our free DiSC assessment to get a basic understanding of your own personality style.