What Is DiSC®?

DISC is a non-judgmental survey for understanding behavioral preferences and personality styles. Unlike other personality assessments, DiSC is primarily used within a workplace setting as a self-development tool. It is designed to help a person understand themselves and their peers rather than simply ‘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. All of the DiSC tests that we offer are validated learning tools that focus on interpersonal skills.

You are not defined by a single DISC style. Rather your DISC 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.

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

Why DiSC?

Millions of people have taken a DiSC assessment because the model is simple to understand, but contains a number of complex insights that users are able to carry with them and use throughout any day.

At it’s core, DiSC measures two dimensions of a person. While there are many sides to a single person, these dimensions were found to reflect the most fundamental aspects of ourselves.

While Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic ask a person a number of different questions, you can understand the basis of the assessment by asking yourself these questions:

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

As an example, perhaps you know someone who is very social. When there is a work happy hour or an outing with friends, you know they will be there and you look forward to seeing them. You enjoy their company because they are easy to talk to. Maybe, they were quick to learn something about you, and they actually remember it! 

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

DiSC helps us identify our preferred behaviors. It can help us learn why we enjoy certain jobs or working with a specific person. Furthermore, it can help solve issues that we might have with certain people by understanding their preferred style.

How can I take a DiSC Profile?

If you are new to DiSC, we suggest you consider the Everything DiSC Workplace profile

The Workplace Profile is unique because it will ask a question based on what answer a person gave on the previous question. Why does this matter? Your profile will be 32% more accurate than a similar forced-choice DISC Test, and you will have a more personalized profile.

What is the difference between the two DiSC Profiles?

Currently, we offer two types of DiSC Profile: DiSC Classic (line graph), and Everything DiSC (circle graph). We believe all of the DiSC Profiles that are published by Wiley’s Workplace Learning Solutions are the most valuable profiles available.

Compare the differences between these two profiles and determine which one you or your organization should use.

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