DiSC profiling is a tool that provides a framework for understanding your unique behavioral style. Millions of people have gained insight about themselves and others through the DiSC-based learning instruments. The DiSC model provides a non-judgmental language for exploring behavioral issues across four primary dimensions:
- Dominance – direct, results-oriented, strong-willed and forceful.
- Influence – outgoing, enthusiastic, optimistic and lively.
- Steadiness – even-tempered, accommodating, patient and humble.
- Conscientiousness – analytical, reserved, precise and systematic.
The DiSC behavioral model is based on research conducted by William Moulton Marston Ph.D. (1893-1947). Marston wanted to examine the behavior of “normal” people in their environment or within a specific situation. He documented his findings in the book “Emotions of Normal People.”
The DiSC profiling can be conducted through the pen-and-paper or online (web-based) mode. Arranged in a questionnaire format, the profile can be completed in a matter of about 20 minutes. While the paper questionnaire would require post-processing in order to obtain the DiSC profile, the online DiSC report is immediate.
For HR practitioners and managers, you would also have to option of either letting the respondent view their own report or to hind their report for later use.
If you want your co-workers to work well with you and give their best, then you need to be aware of your behavior and the impact you have on your work relationships. DiSC assessments make this easy.
The DiSC model also describes behaviors that are also easily recognizable in other people. Not only can you develop a better understanding of your own needs and behavior, you can also build a deep understanding of the people around you, their unique needs and why they behave the way they do.
The DiSC profiling can be used equally well for the work environment as well as the home environment – or anywhere in between!
The profiling is environment specific. As long as a respondent is focused on a given environment when filling the questionnaire, processing and application of the DiSC profile can be made to the benefit of the respondent and the people in the environment.
As long as one can understand the words used in the questionnaire, the DiSC profiling can be applied with sufficient reliability. In Singapore, we have successfully done DiSC profiling for youth from the age of 11 onwards.