Understanding DISC Styles: Improving Teamwork with a Mindmap

According to Wikipedia, “DISC is the four quadrant behavioral model based on the work of William Moulton Marston Ph.D. (1893 – 1947) to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation. DISC looks at behavioral styles and behavioral preferences.”

DISC is an acronym for Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Compliance (C).  Many companies have employees take the DISC assessment to determine their behavioral style.  This is not to say that if you have a preference for one style you don’t occasionally use the other styles.  What the assessment does is determine your most dominant style – the place you feel most comfortable.

The great thing about the DISC assessment is once you know your own style and the styles of others you can improve team effectiveness. 

There are a lot of DISC assessment vendors out there, some free, some not free.  But all of them give you plenty of data on the DISC styles once you’ve completed the assessment. Unfortunately, that data often does not provide you with an effective way to quickly understand each DISC style or understand how they relate to one another.

To help solve this problem, I created a mindmap.  The mindmap below provides the following on each DISC style:

  • Definition of each style
  • General characteristics of each style
  • The value each style brings to a team (because all styles bring value to a team)
  • Possible weaknesses associated with each style
  • The greatest fear of each style

Knowing this information gives you great insight into your colleagues at work (or even your significant other at home) and can help you to interact with them more effectively to get things done.

Click on Mindmap to Enlarge:

To take a free DISC assessment click here



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