The DISC Personality Test is an interesting and popular tool, mostly used in the corporate environment. It was developed in the first decades of the 20th century and based on a model created by William Moulton Marston. The DISC model states that there are four main personality types, each one of them with a set of specific traits, strengths and weaknesses.
The Four DISC Personality Types
In total, there are four main DISC personality types. These include the Dominant, the Influential, the Steady and the Conscientious types. Each type is a representation by proxy of an individual’s behaviour and communication style.
The Dominant type is often assertive, confident and focused on results. Someone who scores high in this style tends to enjoy taking charge and leading others. You won’t find them beating around the bush. Dominant types go straight to the core of the matter and will easily remind us of the bigger picture.
The Influential type is perceived as outgoing, enthusiastic, and persuasive. People with this type tend to be surrounded by others and have a good network. They also tend to be charismatic, inspiring, and the life of social events.
The Steady type is seen as someone who is patient, supportive, and reliable. Someone who scores high in this type tends to be a good listener and source of help. Stability and harmony are two of the most important values for the steady type. A strong sense of responsibility and loyalty is often also present.
The Conscientious type tends to be analytical, detail-oriented, and precise. People who score high in this style are often good with numbers, figures, and facts. They are also very organized and aim for maximum efficiency.
The DISC Personality Test
The test includes a set of statements in which you have to rate the extent to which they resonate with you. There are different versions of the test and frameworks. Besides the four main personality types, there are also frameworks that work with subtypes (a combination of more than one style). According to the test I took, I’m a combination of both Steady and Dominant.
As with any other personality test, it’s important to note the DISC personality test is rather limited. It oversimplifies the complexity of a person’s personality and it’s also vulnerable to social desirability bias and one’s current mood. With this said, the DISC personality test can be an interesting and useful tool but it needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
If you are interested in finding out what your style is likely to be, you can take the same test I did. You will get the results in less than 10 minutes and you will also learn more about your subtype.