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Exploring DISC styles in the workplace - D Style

Understanding ourselves and knowing what makes us tick, how we make decisions, what our preferences are in terms of communication is key to self-awareness.   By understanding ourselves and those around us and their preferences leads to improved communication, productivity, relationships and overall wellbeing.

A DISC profile is a self-assessment that measures an individual’s behavioural style.  Typically, most of us are a combination of 2 or 3 styles, with 1 of these being our preferred way of behaving.

To recap, DISC is an acronym, with the 4 letters standing for the four primary DISC styles – D Dominance, I Influence, S Steadiness and C Compliance.  Each of the styles is associated with certain behaviours. 

Each of the 4 styles have great attributes, no 1 style is “better” or “worse” that another.  What’s important is to play to the strengths of each of the styles and to be aware of potential ineffective ways in which the styles can behave.

In this article we further explore the 4 key behavioural styles of Extended DISC® - starting with the “D” style.

D Styles – Dominance

D Styles prefer big picture thinking with a focus on the future and possibility.  They are not interested in the detail and very quickly move onto the next thing.  They are self-assured and have great energy to get things done. 

D styles are the most direct and assertive of the 4 styles with a preference to make decisions quickly, process information fast and like to be in charge and in control.  They love change and are driven by challenges.

Their communication style is quick, to the point and often 1-directional – they talk, you listen!  They can state their opinions as fact so it’s important to clarify if it doesn’t sound correct.  They tend to dominate the conversation and are not the best listeners by nature.

They may come across as blunt, do multiple things at the same time, often interrupting those around them and speaking at the same time.  

Words that describe the D Styles are project leader, idea creator, pioneer, adventurous, initiator and changer.

D styles make up approximately 8% of the Australian population.

 

Kerrie Canning is a Master Trainer of Extended DISC®. HR Advice Online run workshops and training programs for individuals, teams and organisations. 

For more information about our Extended DISC® workshops and profiles, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 720 004.

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