Whether you are the administrator or the respondent, DiSC® profiles are simple to use. No certification is required to deliver or score the profile, just recommended. The online platform generates a profile for the questionnaires taken online. Paper profiles (and questionnaires) include a simple self-scoring mechanism.
I’ve done my DiSC Assessment, what happens now?
Having received an assessment access code, you answer a simple questionnaire about your behaviour. The version of your DiSC assessment determines if you see forced choice questions – this word describes me most, this one least – or a rating scale – I strongly agree, agree, am neutral, etc. You are the expert on yourself: with DiSC, answers are never right or wrong.
The assessment platform produces a profile report, where you discover your unique behavioural style, tendencies, needs, preferred environment and strategies for effective behaviour. They help you learn more about your strengths and challenges and remain simple to understand or interpret.
Each profile report also includes information about all other DiSC styles, so you can compare. Facilitators often use Group Reports or other available reports to provide a greater understanding of your team, group, clients or colleagues.
What does DiSC measure?
DiSC measures preferred behaviour, which is not the same as personality. Intelligence, aptitude, mental health or values are not measured by DiSC. The profile describes human behaviour in different situations, such as your response to challenges, how you influence others, your preferred pace and how you respond to rules and procedures.
The DiSC model discusses four reference points: here is a short explanation on their meaning:
The “D” person places emphasis on accomplishing results, achieving the bottom line, showing confidence
The “i” person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, relies on openness, creates and appreciates relationships.
The S Person places emphasis on cooperation, appreciates sincerity, and worships dependability.
The C person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, shows and expects expertise, respects competency.
It is important mention the fact that one person never has one style, but rather a mix of all four.
While human behaviour involves a mix of the four styles, it is also influenced by experience, culture and environment.
Five different Everything DiSC profiles coexist: they are created for specific and distinct purposes, i.e. Everything DiSC Management or Everything DiSC Sales. Each of them maps behavioural traits within a more focused purpose, in this example respectively Management or Sales.
DiSC and personality assessments in psychology
Personality traits were measured by psychologists since the 1930s. They have strived to better understand personality by creating a way of measuring it and became better aware of the complexity of interactive forces that are responsible for behaviour. DiSC assessments differ in purpose and method from other instruments used in clinical settings, to determine the emotional health of individuals.
DiSC is used to help people understand themselves and others in the range of normal human behaviour.
For many psychologists, traits and situations are interactive. This makes DiSC a very helpful tool – supporting learners adapting their responses to the needs of the person they are speaking with, given the situation they are both experiencing. As a manager, you might choose to avoid the behaviour you’re most comfortable with, and use instead the more effective one with regards to your team’s needs.