A brief on every DISC personality type

Your DISC Personality type defines you and tells your behavioral patterns, tendencies and things you are likely to do under certain conditions. There are basically four personality types defined in the DISC and these four types make up a quadrant whose first letter is represented with each of the letters in “DISC”. DISC, as used here, is not a word but an acronym and the letters “D”, “I”, “S” and “C” stands for specific behavioral style, also known as personality type. DISC personality profile, types and test have wide range of application in organizations and enterprises as they are used in ascertaining the best role and team an employee can appropriately fit into.

The Four Basic Personality Types

DISC is a quadrant of personality types. The “D” often represents “Dominant” style, “I” stands for “Inspiring”, “S” represents “supportive”, while “C” stands for cautious.


If you fall into this DISC personality type or behavioral style, the tendency is that you are both outgoing and task-oriented. Furthermore you exhibit direct and dominant behaviors; you also focus on solving problems, achieving resounding results and hitting the bottom line. When such personality type serves as a leader, their leadership type is usually characterized by commanding, being resolute and pioneering. In addition, the “Dominance” trait find it very difficult to show patience, display sensitivity, give room for deliberations and get into details on a given task or discussion.

Inspiring or influence

Inspiring is the second quadrant in the DISC quadrant or profile that describe the behavioral style and pattern of certain group or class of people. If you fall into this category of DISC personality type, it is likely that you are both outgoing and people-oriented and also you exhibit interactive and inspiring behaviors. In addition, the “Inspiring” behavioral style usually finds it interesting to interact with people, have fun and create excitement. Their leadership styles are that of energizing, pioneering and affirming and they find it difficult to follow through, research every fact, speak directly and stay focused for a long time.


The third quadrant began with the letter “S” and stands for “supportive” and represents those who have supportive and steady behaviors and also have reserved and people oriented traits. If you fall into the supportive behavioral style, the tendency is that you are always poised at making and maintaining peace and harmony and also preserving relationships. When you serve as a leader, your leadership style will mostly be characterized by inclusiveness, humility and affirmation. The supportive behavioral style find it very difficult to adapt quickly to uncertain expectations, do more than one thing at the same time, confront others and promote themselves.

Cautious or Conscientiousness

The last but not least quadrant which begins with the last letter of “DISC”, represents people whose DISC personality type is “cautious”. You are both reserved and task-oriented an also show behaviors of carefulness and cautiousness when you fall into this behavioral style. In addition, this behavioral style usually focuses on rules, correctness and facts and their leadership style is characterized by being deliberate, humble and resolute. As a cautious DISC personality, you may need to expend more energy to make quick decisions, delegate and let go of tasks, join celebrations and social events and reduce their standards to please their team.

Relationships between each DISC personality type

Each of the DISC personality type has relationship with another. This simply implies that it is possible for you to have more than one personality type or style or to occupy more than one quadrant. For instance, the top quadrant includes the Dominant and Inspiring and these groups of people are characterized by their outgoing and therefore can easily socialize. The quadrant below comprises supportive and cautious and both groups of people share the same characteristic of being reserved; in other words both the supportive and cautious people find it difficult to mingle with a group or associate with others.

The right quadrant comprises Inspiring and Supportive which share the same trait of being people oriented.  Finally, the left quadrant which include Dominant and Cautious share the same trait of being task-oriented. These groups of people are devoted to the task they have at hand and do their best to give it excellent touch.

Knowing your DISC personality type helps you ascertain your area of strength and weaknesses and it also helps organizations delegate tasks appropriate. For instance, an outgoing and people-oriented person, the Inspiring personality, can effectively do marketing job and obviously better than a reserved and task oriented person.

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