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What Do the DiSC Letters Mean

What Do the DiSC Letters Stand For?

DiSC is an acronym and simply put, the DiSC letters stand for words that describe each of the four DiSC styles:

D – Dominance
i – Influence
S – Steadiness
C– Conscientiousness

But don’t get too hung up on the words: It’s less about what the DiSC letters stand for and more about the characteristics represented by the DiSC letters. Each letter represents one of the four basic DiSC styles and each style is associated with certain behaviors, or observable characteristics.

The four DiSC letters on a DiSC "map" or circumplex

What Characteristics are represented by the DiSC letters?

Dominance – People with the D style tend to be direct, firm or even forceful. They value taking action, getting results and can be quite competitive.

Influence – People with the i style tend to be outgoing, enthusiastic and generally are optimistic in nature. Like the D style, they like to take action, but they are more collaborative than competitive.

Steadiness – People with the S style tend to be patient and accommodating. They enjoy stability and much like the i style tend to be collaborative. They truly enjoy being helpful.

Conscientiousness – People with the C style are usually analytical and reserved. Similar to the S style, they prefer stability, but their priority on accuracy will cause them to challenge assumptions rather be accommodating.

The DiSC letters, as shown on the Everything DiSC Circumplex

Is it Really that Simple?

Yes … and no. While the DiSC model can accurately describe human behavior using just four styles, obviously people are far more complex than four flavors.

The Everything DiSC Workplace Assessment uses style combinations to to distinguish 12 different styles. But the detail goes beyond even that: Every person is a combination of all four styles and the circular model can represent this mix; the older, graph-style model could not.

Looking for something even more specific?

Everything DiSC also has self-assessments for Emotional Intelligence, Sales, Management, Leadership and Productive Conflict. All of these applications use the same DiSC letters and combinations to create a common language for discussion and interpersonal growth.

Ever feel like you don’t understand your co-worker? Your significant other?

Is it possible some of your relationships are suffering because of this lack of understanding?

Bridge the gap.

Discover your style,
    why you do the things you do
        and why others behave as they do.

Take the Everything DiSC Workplace Assessment now and start improving your relationships with coworkers, friends and family.


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