What Is DiSC®?

DiSC is a non-judgmental survey for understanding behavioral preferences and personality styles It is primarily used within a workplace setting as a personal-development tool. Moreover, DiSC is designed to help a person understand themselves and their peers rather than ‘diagnosing’ who a person is based on their behavior.

The Everything DiSC® Profile and the DiSC Classic Profile® are both DISC based instruments and they provide insights into peoples natural and adaptable behaviors styles based on their personality type. The assessments that we offer are both researched and validated learning tools that focus on interpersonal skills and communication.

You are not defined by a single style DiSC Style. Actually, your style is a blend of these four primary personality types:

  • Dominance (D-Style): Direct, decisive, independent and to the point, and results oriented. Often described as strong-willed, D Styles enjoy challenges and immediate results.
  • Influence (i-Style): Optimistic, social and out going. i-Styles enjoy being on teams, sharing openly, entertaining others. Often, they are known to be persuasive.
  • Steadiness (S-Style): Team players, cooperative and supportive. S-Styles prefer working in a stable environment. They are often good listeners and prefer to avoid conflict.
  • Conscientiousness (C Style): Cautious, concerned, and analytical. They are focused on quality, details and accuracy.

Why DiSC?

Millions of people have taken a DiSC assessment because the model is simple to understand. Nevertheless, don’t let the simplicity of this profile fool you. DiSC contains a number of complex insights that users are able to carry with them and use throughout any day.

At its core, the assessment measures two dimensions of a person. There are many sides to a single person. However, these dimensions were found to reflect the most fundamental aspects of ourselves.

While these tests ask a person a multitude of different questions, you can understand the basis of the assessment by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Fast paced or Moderate Paced?
    • Are you assertive and prone to take risks, or are you reflective and less comfortable taking risks?
  2. Skeptical or Accepting?
    • Do you question what you are told, or are you receptive to what you are told?

As an example, do you know someone who is very social? If there is a work happy-hour this week you know they will be there. You enjoy their company because they are easy to talk to. You appreciate them because they were quick to learn something about you, and they actually remembered it! 

If this sounds like someone you know, this person is a i-Style (or Influence Style). All of us have the capacity to be social and friendly. People with the i-Style naturally exhibit this behavior. They seem at ease in any social situation. Actually, it seems like they seek it out. 

DiSC helps us identify our preferred behaviors. Furthermore, it helps us understand why we enjoy certain jobs or working with a specific person. 

How can I take a Profile?

We suggest you start with the Everything DiSC Workplace profile. If you are new to DiSC the Workplace profile will help you identify and learn about your Style and behavioral priorities. 

This profile is unique because it will ask a question based on what answer a person gave on the previous question. It uses a testing environment called Adaptive Testing. Why does this matter? Your profile is 32% more accurate than a similar forced-choice DISC Test, and you will have a more personalized profile.

An individual can learn a lot about themselves by taking an assessment. However, an individual will learn even more about themself when they discuss their behaviors with others. DiSC is meant to be used with others.

Many of us are prone to having blind spots about how we are perceived by others. Use DiSC as a way to find to build stronger relationships with those around you.

What is the difference between the two Profiles?

DISC was theorized by William Moulton Marston in his 1928 book The Emotions of Normal People. Marston never designed an assessment to test and identify a person’s DISC style, and his DISC Theory is now in the public domain. Subsequently, there are now a multitude of DISC related tests available for purchase. We offer assessments published by John Wiley & Sons. You can identify these assessments by the lowercase ‘i’ in the word DISC

Currently, we offer two types of Profiles: DiSC Classic (line graph), and Everything DiSC (circle graph). Compare the differences between these two profiles and determine which one you or your organization should use.

View a sample report!

Sample all of our DiSC reports and discover for yourself how a simple model can pack invaluable insights. All of our reports include supplemental facilitation materials for trainers. Click the following link to choose a report to sample or to purchase reports and materials: