Understanding the DISC: Teamwork, Conflict & Communication

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Teamwork, Conflict & Communication

How we work together is often related to what we expect from others and how we want to be engaged while working.

The key is learning how to manage conflict effectively so that it can serve as a catalyst, rather than a hindrance, to organizational improvement.

The best way to improve teamwork, conflict & communication skills is to understand more about your role on a team and what you expect from others – and know what your teammates expect from you.

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Read about the Four Styles – click on the link below to jump to the style:

  • The Dominant Style High D’s want others to be direct, straightforward, and open to their need for results.
  • The Influencing StyleHigh I’s want others to be friendly and emotionally honest, and to recognize their contributions.
  • The Steadiness StyleHigh S’s want others to be relaxed, agreeable, cooperative, and appreciative.
  • The Cautious Style – High C’s want others to minimize socializing, give details and value accuracy.

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You can find the link at bit.ly/lvadisc – when you complete the assessment, return to this page to learn more about your preferred style.

The Four Styles

The DiSC assessment is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. The inventory provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others.

Within the Four Styles, natural collaboration and conflict exist. It is important to understand where the styles intersect to your maximum benefit.

D – The Dominant Style

Common Descriptors

  • Direct.
  • Decisive.
  • High Ego Strength.
  • Problem Solver.
  • Risk Taker.
  • Self Starter.

Possible Weaknesses

  • Oversteps authority.
  • Argumentative attitude.
  • Dislikes routine.
  • Attempts too much at once.

Motivated By

  • New challenges.
  • Power and authority to take risks and make decisions.
  • Freedom from routine and mundane tasks.
  • Changing environments in which to work and play.

I – The Influencing Style

Common Descriptors

  • Enthusiastic.
  • Trusting; Optimistic.
  • Persuasive.
  • Talkative.
  • Impulsive.
  • Emotional.

Possible Weaknesses

  • More concerned with popularity than tangible results.
  • Inattentive to detail. 
  • Tends to listen only when it’s convenient.

Motivated By

  • Flattery, praise, popularity, acceptance.
  • A friendly environment.
  • Freedom from many rules and regulations.
  • Other people available to handle details.

S – The Steadiness Style

Common Descriptors

  • Good listener.
  • Team player.
  • Predictable.
  • Understanding.
  • Friendly.

Possible Weaknesses

  • Resists change.
  • Takes a long time to adjust to change.
  • Sensitive to criticism.
  • Difficulty establishing priorities.

Motivated By

  • Recognition for loyalty and dependability.
  • Safety and security.
  • No sudden changes in procedure or lifestyle.
  • Activities that can be started and finished.

C – The Cautious Style

Common Descriptors

  • Accurate; analytical.
  • Conscientious.
  • Fact-finder.
  • High standards; systematic.

Possible Weaknesses

  • Needs clear-cut boundaries for actions/relationships.
  • Bound by procedures and methods.
  • Gets bogged down in details.

Motivated By

  • Standards of high quality.
  • Limited social interaction.
  • Detailed tasks.
  • Logical organization of information.

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