DISC is great tool for self-awareness. It measures your personality style and provides insight into how to better communicate. But sometimes people are biased towards a style different than their own. The most often misunderstood style is Supportive because people with a high S can be quiet and helpful, which can be confused as being less able to lead.
But a high S can be an incredible leader with their amazing superpower – the ability to truly LISTEN. Don’t we all love to be truly heard when we express our interests, feelings, and accomplishments? Well, high S’s are able to easily listen to others. It’s not a struggle between hearing what is being said and their own inner voice. Which can make them great leaders, as long as they don’t self-sacrifice their own needs.
The power of being a good listener made Kevin Kelly’s list of 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice. Check it out here.
DISC theory was created by Dr. William M. Marston in the 1920s. He divided people into four categories based on two axes. Think about your own usual way of communicating – are you more outgoing or reserved? And are you more task-oriented or people-oriented.
Combine your answers and you know where you land on the DISC assessment:
D for Dominant = Outgoing + Task-Oriented
I for Inspiring = Outgoing + People-Oriented
S for Supportive = Reserved + People-Oriented
C for Cautious = Reserved + Task-Oriented
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