In order to interpret your DiSC style, it’s necessary to know what each style stands for. Understanding your style(s) is based on the degree to which you agree with a series of statements about yourself.
At its core, the DiSC model is two-dimensional, vertical and horizontal.
The vertical dimension best describes your pace or level of activity, ranging from active to thoughtful. The northern part of the graph which includes the D and i quadrants, are more assertive, dynamic, fast-paced and willing to use their energy to change their environment. Individuals in the southern part of the graph which includes S and C quadrants, are more moderately paced, methodical, thoughtful, and are more resistant to change.
The horizontal dimension best describes how you view yourself within your environment from questioning to accepting. The western part of the graph which includes D and C quadrants, are people who are naturally more skeptical, logic-focused, objective and challenging. They may be willing to push the envelope, question and withhold trust until the outside elements are vetted. The eastern part of the circle which includes i and S quadrants, describes people who are naturally more receptive, people-focused, empathic, and agreeable. These styles work best in a more collaborative environment.
Going a step further, DiSC is divided into 4 quadrants, each letter signifying a distinct personality style.
D – Dominance
i – Influence
S – Steadiness
C – Conscientiousness
Each person is a combination of all four styles with each style having distinct priorities. It’s important to remember that where your dot resides is referred to as your inclination. Your dot placement on the graph will impact your energy and reactions to different environments and situations. For example, an individual who is a C style, will be analytical, enjoy working independently and desire consistency. Now if this individual’s dot resides closer to the center and was tasked to work with individual’s in the i quadrant, the stretch from C to an i style will be uncomfortable, but doable. However, if this individual’s dot is closer to the edge of the circle, stretching to an i style will cause a great deal of stress and discomfort. Knowing your inclination will help you understand your reactions and perceptions to various situations.
Ultimately, working to achieve harmony with your natural self will allow you to have a better understanding of your instinctual reactions to events and interactions. Accurate interpretation of your DiSC profile will allow you to understand your priorities, motivators and stressors. Becoming more self-aware allows you to adapt better to your environment and create positive interactions.