Your personality influences the quality of your relationships. This is why it is important for you to know and understand your personality and what naturally drives you. When you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you can give your best as you work and interact with people around you.

The DISC Approach is one of the many ways to help you understand yourself and everyone around you. When you understand the diversity dynamics i.e. how everyone is motivated differently, communicates differently and views tasks and relationships differently then you are very much likely to be on the path to building healthier relationships.

In this Insight, we are going to breakdown the four Personality Types for your understanding and appreciation:

1. Dominant David ( Type – D)

The Type – D Personality focuses on achieving results, therefore they are likely to be driving, competitive, forceful, direct, self-starters and assertive. These work goals might keep a Dominant David working late. If that is what it takes, he will do it – and expect others to do the same so that they hit the deadline.

People who possess this personality trait are afraid of failing and they are motivated by power or being in control.

Communication Style _ Type –D Personalities communicate by telling. They prefer getting to the bottom line right from the start. They want the bigger picture hence brief statements will do. They will not appreciate generalizations or repetitions. They would rather listen to solutions rather than problems.

2. Influential Ivy (Type – I)

The Type – I Personality thrives on social interaction, the focus is on people and relationships and therefore they are likely to be influential, persuasive, friendly, verbal, communicative and positive. Influential Ivy might be overly sensitive to disapproval from team members, bosses or loved ones.

People with this personality fear rejection and they are motivated by public recognition.

Communication Style _ The Type – I personality communicates by talking. When communicating with these individuals, share your experiences, and allow them time to ask questions and talk themselves. Focus on the positives, avoid overloading them with details, and try not to interrupt.

3. Steady Sam (Type – S)

The Type –S Personality focuses on service, they are possibly specialists and therefore are likely to be dependable, deliberate, amiable, persistent, good listeners and they are kind. They want to make sure others have what they need and are content. Steady Sam values relationships and could sacrifice personal wants/needs to align with the majority.

People with this personality tend to fear insecurity and change. They are motivated by security and stability.

Communication Style – The Type S Personality is good at listening. When communicating with individuals with these personalities, be personal, express your interest in them and provide clarity of what you expect from them. Be polite and avoid confrontation.

4. Compliant Cathy (Type – C)

Lastly, Type C Personality focuses on quality, they are possibly technical people and therefore they are likely to be compliant, careful, systematic, and precise. People with this personality trait tend to get obsessed with details, which can lead to long working hours. Compliant Cathy is likely to be less interested in cultivating a wide-reaching personal life but would rather prioritize 1 or 2 close relationships. The Type –C personality also tend to get so distracted by a problem or a challenge, hence they lose all track of time and forget to check in or make time for others.

Type C people fear conflict and they are motivated by Standard Operating Procedures.

Communication Style _ The Type – C Personality prefers to communicate in writing. When communicating with individuals who possess the Type -C personality, focus on facts and details and minimize “pep talk” or emotional language. Be patient, persistent, and diplomatic.

Knowing your personality can help you understand your strengths and your weaknesses in your relationships. Behaviour and personality are often misunderstood and become areas of stress affecting work productivity and happiness.

1.Would you like to discover your Personality Type to deepen your understanding of yourself and others?

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