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Which DISC profile are you?

It’s likely that you will have heard of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, better known as MBTI – a world famous and widely trusted personality profiling tool based on the principles of Carl Jung. But did you know that there is another system based on the same principles that takes just 7 minutes to complete? DISC is an industry recognised assessment model, and since it both takes less time than MBTI and also considers the behaviour of those around us, as well as our own, it is a fantastic tool for teams.

But what is DISC and how does it work? 


DISC stands for Dominant, Influencer, Steady or Compliant. The assessment asks how you would respond in a number of situations to identify your behaviour, but also incorporates the fact that people exhibit different styles in different environments.

It’s important to note that every profile has its own strengths and weaknesses and all are equally capable of success in their own fields.

To give you an idea of the different profiles, here are some famous faces in the DISC profile:



Person places emphasis on taking charge, driving results and the bottom line.

D'sFamous D’s: Margaret Thatcher, Simon Cowell, Alan Sugar, Karren Brady


Person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, relationships

i'sFamous I’s: Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jonathon Ross


Person places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, dependability

S'sFamous S’s: Princess Diana, Ghandi, Mother Theresa


Person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, competency

c'sFamous Cs: Einstein, Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Mr Spock!

image001As of January 2016 I am an accredited DISC assessor. If you’d like to take the test or find out more about how this can benefit teams, please get in touch.

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