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disc personality stylesWe’re back this week with the two remaining dimensions in the DiSC profile. This guide is designed to help explain the DiSC personality styles to companies and individuals who are interested in taking the plunge but aren’t sure yet if they’re ready. The DiSC is the cornerstone of many of our programs at EDSI, and we’ve also make it available as a $75 for those interested in the assessment alone. If you haven’t yet experienced the DiSC, you can take it instantly to learn about your unique combination of personality types.

DiSC Personality Styles – Steadiness

The S in “DiSC” stands for Steadiness. The Disc Profile defines Steadiness as “placing an emphasis on cooperating with others within existing circumstances to carry out the task.” Moving away from the more “outgoing” personality types of Dominance and Influence, which are focused on changing their environments, people with steadiness-focused DiSC personality styles are more reserved and introverted. Yet this doesn’t mean they don’t work well with people: S types are actually known for being warm, loyal, and patient. They value cooperation and developing stable, strong relationships over the potential gains from competition or risk-taking.

Steadiness in the Workplace

According to DiSC personality styles, S types are reliable, supportive leaders with good listening skills, and they desire to include everyone on their teams. They are excellent at creating nonthreatening environments that make everyone feel welcome and valued. S types do best in a team environment where they can work with others; individual or solitary assignments make them feel isolated and ineffective. Their practicality and patience makes them valuable contributors. However, S types might have some difficulty working with stronger Dominant personalities (though the D types might not notice); their desire for stability and relationship building can sometimes drive them to put other team members’ opinions first rather than self-advocate.

Strengths and Challenges of S Types

While S types are extremely affable and work well with others, they can experience some barriers to getting work done. First, they can have trouble in conflict because they want everyone to be happy; it takes great effort to set boundaries or express their true feelings if something isn’t to their liking. And while the Steadiness attribute is great for reliability and stability, the flip side is that S types can be resistant to change. They feel unsettled in times of flux and are slow to adapt to uncertainty. This can be interpreted as rigidity, but it’s best for S types to have plenty of time to adjust.

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