DiSC Profiles: The Twelve Styles of DiSC Personality Profiles

DiSC Profile Explained

DiSC Personality profiles provides a simple way to measure human behavior. The foundation of the DiSC model was originally created by William Moulton Marston in 1928 when he first wrote the book, Emotions of Normal People. In his book, Marston identified four primary emotions in people.

The DiSC personality profile was modeled from the work of Mr. Martson and influenced Inscape publishing, now known as Wiley Publishing, to create the DiSC personality profile report. Users of DiSC personality assessment find that it is simple to understand and encourages communication in the workplace.

There are some simple tips that you can utilize to understand your DiSC personality results and influence how you communicate and collaborate in the workplace.

DiSC Profile Explained:  Two Dimensional Model

The DiSC personality model is a two-dimensional model. It assesses your outward energy level. You demonstrate characteristics of being fast-paced or moderate paced; and skeptical or accepting. Those measuring at the top of the dimension (fast-paced) tend to be more outspoken and assertive. Those measuring at the bottom of the dimension (moderate-paced) use less outward energy, internalizes more than others, and tend to be thoughtful.


The second dimension determines if an individual is skeptical or accepting. People whose DiSC personality dot lies within the skeptical dimensions are often more cynical and challenging when engaging and communicating with others. As a result of their questioning nature, they are more questioning than others before moving forward. Individual's whose dot placement falls in the accepting area of the DiSC model are more trusting and receptive of others. The trusting and receptive nature will be demonstrated in their ability to be friendly and show empathy to strangers.

DiSC Profile Explained:  Four DiSC Quadrants

The two dimensional model of DiSC creates four DiSC quadrant which is what most people refer to as the DiSC personality model. The model consists of D (Dominance), i (Influence), S (Steadiness), and C (Conscientiousness). These four quadrants describe the style typical personality style of participants. When people say that they are a D, or an I, they are specifically referring to the four quadrants of DiSC profiles.


DiSC Profile Explained:  Twelve Everything DiSC Style


So we learned about the two dimensional models in tip one. The DiSC model allows us to assess an individuals personality based on twelve segments, rather than simply using the four DiSC quadrants. Breaking an individuals assessment result further using the twelve Everything DiSC personality styles allows us to have more precise results and a better understanding of an individuals behavioral tendencies.


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DiSC Dominance/Influence (Di or iD) Styles - Fast-Paced

  • An individual whose DiSC personality type is Di or iD demonstrates behaviors that are dynamic.  They like to move things forward and take action. 

DiSC Influence (i) Style:  Fast-Paced / Accepting

  • An individual whose DiSC personality type is i demonstrates characteristics that are enthusiastic and high-spirited.  They are highly sociable.

DiSC Influence / Steadiness (iS or Si):  Accepting

  • An individual whose DiSC profile result is an iS or Si is cheerful.  They are trusting and see the best in others

DiSC Steadiness (S) Style:  Moderate-Paced/Accepting

  • An individual whose DiSC profile result is S demonstrates characteristics that are calm and accommodating.  They show a great deal of concern for the feelings of others. 

DiSC Steadiness / Conscientiousness (SC or CS) Style:  Moderate-Paced

  • An individual whose DiSC profile results are an SC or CS is cautious.  They like to deliberate on their options.  Also, they demonstrate some passivity.

DiSC Conscientiousness (C) Style:  Moderate-Paced/Skeptical

  • An individual whose DiSC personality type is a C demonstrates characteristics which are more reserved than the average person.  They like to focus on analytics and accuracy.

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