There are four primary DiSC behavioral styles: Dominance, influencing, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.
Dominance: High Ds think fast and move fast. They don't mess around, get things done quickly, and then move on to the next challenge. Ds value getting results over everything else. They're often in a hurry to get to the point and don't bother with chit-chat or pleasantries; as a result, other DiSC behavioral styles frequently perceive them as brusque or aloof. Effective Ds learn to modify their blunt language according to the situation.
Influencing: The I style is cheerful, optimistic, open, and accepting. High Is are quintessential "people people" who love socializing and meeting new people. At the office, they enjoy teamwork, because it provides a social outlet. They make decisions based on gut feeling, which can lead to conflict with methodical, logical Cs.
Steadiness: High S individuals make excellent team members. They value collaboration and consensus, and they are very sensitive to the needs and feelings of everyone in the group. They are generous about helping others and try make all team members feel valued and engaged. S-types go to great lengths to avoid stepping on toes, which often makes them reluctant to express strong opinions, preferring to go along with the group's decision. This can grate on fast-paced Ds and Is, who often perceive S-styles as indecisive and unhurried.
Conscientiousness: The C style is methodical and structured. High Cs are very logical and prize clear, critical thinking. They make decisions based on fact, not emotion or intuition, and they emphasize accuracy above all else. Cs pay attention to the details; for example, it is classic C behavior to re-read a draft email multiple times before sending, looking for typos. Fast-paced Ds and Is often get impatient with slower, methodical Cs.
To learn better understand your DiSC behavioral style, we recommend the DiSC Workplace assessment as a good starting place for most people. This detailed, highly personalized report offers keen insights into your behavior style, and it teaches how to recognize and adapt to others' behaviors, as well.