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.
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.
Famous D’s: Margaret Thatcher, Simon Cowell, Alan Sugar, Karren Brady
Person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, relationships
Famous I’s: Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jonathon Ross
Person places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, dependability
Famous S’s: Princess Diana, Ghandi, Mother Theresa
Person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, competency
Famous Cs: Einstein, Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Mr Spock!
As 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.