The Myers-Brigg Type Indicator is one of the most popular personality tests in the world. Almost 3.5 million people take the MBTI annually. According to Forbes Magazine, 80 percent of Fortune 100 businesses use personality tests, like the MBTI, to help them build effective work teams and stronger organizations.
Earlier this week, I wrote a blog article entitled “Know your Style to Get Ahead. It discussed the 4 different behavioral styles. In case you missed it, you can read that article here. I’d like to build on that article now and share some tips for applying behavioral style knowledge to advance your career.
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The term "DiSC" refers to the first letter of each of the 4 personality styles as follows:
- Dominance (D)
- Influence (I)
- Steadiness (S) and
- Conscientiousness (C)
Please find listed below the priorities, motivations, fears and limitations of each style.
We are not all the same and we don’t all approach things the same way. When you learn about behavioral styles, the end result is that you can better lead people and realize what motivates them as unique individuals.
Below you will learn more about the four behavioral styles: Dominance, Influencing, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. Learn the goals and fears of each style, what they tend to overuse and how each style can be more effective.
Do you find yourself in any of these situations:
The "C" or "Conscientiousness" style is the fourth and last style in the DiSC behavioral style model. The Conscientiousness Style focuses on the "Right" or "Correct" way. They want others to minimize socializing, give details and value accuracy. They tend to be slower paced and task-oriented. They are concerned about doing the job right and will pay a lot of attention to make sure it is. Here are the characteristics of this style:
The "S" or "Steadiness" style is the third style in the DiSC behavioral style model. People with a Steadiness Style focus on cooperating with others. They want others to be relaxed, agreeable, cooperative and appreciative. They are people-oriented but at a slower pace. They don't like to make quick decisions, but value consistency instead. They are patient and loyal and also very good at listening to people and calming others when they get upset. Here are the characteristics of this style:
The "I" or Influencing Style is the second style in the DiSC model for understanding behavioral styles. The Influencing Style focuses their energies on others. They want others to be friendly and to recognize their contributions. These are the "people people." Popularity is important to them. They get their job done by making allies with other people. Here are the charactersitcs of this style: