DiSC® How My Graph Became A Dot
The DiSC® model has been used for decades to help people understand themselves and others.
The traditional way to represent DiSC® is the line graph format.
The line graph representation of DiSC® is only one way to have a discussion about DiSC® and an individuals personality style. The earliest representation of DiSC® as described by W. Martson in his book, "Emotions of Normal People," was a circle.
How Does the Circle Work?
The DiSC® circle provides an intuitive way to show participants their location on the DiSC® model. In this example, the participant demonstrates characteristics of the I or Influence style.
While we try to keep the model as simple as possible. The circle model provides insight into a great deal of information.
DiSC® Dot Location
Within each of the four style - D, i, S, and C - there are three regions where a participants dot may be located, demonstrating twelve (12) different regions of the Everything DiSC® model.
- Everyone is a blend of all four styles
- Most people tend strongly towards one or two styles
A dot's distance from the edge of the circle shows how naturally inclined an individual is to encompass the characteristics of his or her DiSC® style. A person whose dot is located close to the edge of the circle shows a strong inclination for that style. A individual whose dot is located between the edge and the center of the circle is moderately inclined to demonstrate that style. While a person whose dot is located at the center of the circle demonstrates a slight inclination.
DiSC® Shading and Priorities
Map shading is also important in understanding an individuals DiSC® style. The eight words around the Everything DiSC® map are called priorities, or the primary area that individuals focus their energy and time.
- The closer an individuals shading comes to a priority, the more energy they tend to focus on that priority
- Everyone has at least three priorities, some people have four or five
- The three words closest to the dot, are that individuals primary priorities
- Personalized shading (stripes) demonstrates whether an individual stretches to include two additional priorities