What have you learnt about yourself recently?
When was the last time you asked yourself this?
DISCovering more about yourself (and others) can give you the advantage in so many areas.
Since learning about the DISC personality styles and definitions of the common personality types, their specific attributes, and in addition, my own DISC personality blended style, I have navigated conversations better, whether in business or a personal setting, which has helped me to utilise opportunities more. It has given me greater insight into how others are wired, and how best to connect and communicate with them.
Amongst the various options when it comes to personality style assessments, I selected DISC as my preferred personality profiling assessment because of the unique Leadership descriptors and strengths available exclusively in the ‘Maxwell DISC Personality Indicator Report’, which I now provide to clients through my partnership with Maxwell Leadership.
There are 4x DISC personality behavioural styles. We all express and exhibit each of these to various measures, at different times, but we all have usually one or two styles that we naturally, and instinctively operate from most of the time.
These styles and blends give certain indicators as to how best to communicate to the particular style, and inform our expectations of how they would instinctively communicate to us.
Can you see how this can be advantageous?
The 4 DISC Personality types (or styles) can be described using certain descriptors using the DISC acronym as follows:
D - Direct / Dominant
I - Inspiring / Influencing
S - Stable / Steady
C - Conscientious / Correct
There are many other descriptors but these give you a flavour. Who are the people you think of when you read these characteristics?
As well as communicating and connecting with others better, recognising behavioural characteristics and learning key descriptions of the different personality styles enables us to provide the most conducive environment for individuals to operate in .
Did you know for instance that those with a strong ‘C’ style prefer more often than not to work on their own, whereas those with a high ‘I’ style thrive more talking with people? Both can contribute high value in a team, providing the right balance of interaction is achieved.
Learning personality traits about each other does not mean that we should categorise or limit people to expect just these behaviours, but there is a strong likelihood that on most occasions, each person will predominantly operate within, and express the behavioural characteristics linked to their personality.
These natural, instinctive behaviours become particularly evident when they are under pressure.
Whilst working on a business proposal with associates to deliver some training, after having met with the potential client, and realising that he was a 'D', I knew that the best approach to take in this instance was to make it easy to see clear high-level information of cost and training delivery format, and then elaborate more on the details of content etc. in a different section. Rather than try and combine all of this together at the start.
A high 'D' personality does value details but is usually a fast decision maker, and does not feel they have to have all of the details to follow their instincts, and make decisions accordingly. 'Just give me the bottom line'. They are then more likely to ask a ‘C’ style to check over the details to back up acting on their instinct.
Knowing this means that you can work with and communicate to their strengths and 'speak more in their language'.
So, which of the DISC personality types and associated behaviours would best describe you?
Understanding how you are wired and your natural behavioural tendencies can explain why you might respond differently to others in your team etc. And different is not necessarily wrong. Therefore value who you are, how you are naturally wired, and communicate this to others to help them work and liaise with you more effectively.
What if we all took the time to learn how those in our world are naturally wired, appreciate the differences and work to collaborate more effectively?
Can I therefore encourage you not to be one of those people that makes excuses and procrastinates from intentionally discovering more about themselves and others, to equip them to move towards their desired end state more successfully.
Do not hinder yourself from exploring more of your potential and releasing it in the areas you desire. I believe you owe it to yourself to take action and make a change in your approach… we can all do more to focus on improving the areas that are important to us.
Are you ready to communicate better with your team, your partner, family & friends?
There is so much more insight that DISC provides, for example, you may believe you understand which personality type / blend your team members are, but are they operating authentically within the work environment, or have they adapted their natural behaviours to 'fit in' with the current team culture? If this is the case, empowering them to express themselves more instinctively will unlock greater levels of productivity and fulfilment.
To experience the freedom of expressing yourself better, more authentically, and to learn more about those in your world, and how they are instinctively wired to behave, get the ‘Maxwell DISC Personality Indicator Report’, order the assessment code to discover your DISC personality type and enjoy the benefits here.
I BELIEVE IN YOU AND I BELIEVE IN YOUR POTENTIAL