My DiSC Profile Pattern – Inspirational

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the DiSC Personality Profile test and promised to share my profile so now will now take a few moments to  do so.  In the previous post, I listed the 15 patterns that DiSC identifies based on the individual’s score on each of the four personality dimensions.  So for today I will share and review my pattern and in a future post, I will discuss my strengths and weaknesses based on how I scored on each of the four dimensions.

I’m not trying to be self promotional about this, I am merely just using my personal experience with DiSC as a way to start discussing it’s usefulness for HR leaders.  In fact, I am taking a bit of a risk by sharing my weaknesses along with my strengths.

I completed the DiSC Classic assessment in 2010.  My score shows that my highest dimension is I (Influence) as well as being high in D (Dominance).  My lowest dimension is C (Conscientiousness) and next lowest is S (Steadiness).  As I read through the materials generated for me, I have to say I found my summary very accurate and enlightening.

The scores from my assessment put me in the Inspirational pattern.  Below, I will share a few highlights and lowlights from my profile sheet provided to me from Inscape Publishing.

Inspirational Pattern

Rich’s Motivation  You may often display a dazzling ability to persuade pothers.  Often, you can be quite charming and convince people to do what you want by the strength of pure likability.  Usually, the most important factor for you is control, which you tend to seek over your environment or your audience.

You are likely to be clear in your own mind about the results you want.  However, you might not always articulate these ambitions.  You prefer to reach your goals through cooperation and persuasion, rather than by exercising domination.

As part of your tendency to persuade people, you may downplay your own need for affection.

Insights for Rich You may believe that the ends justify the means, and your main goal is likely to be the control of your environment during the process.  This straightforward approach can lead to outstanding accomplishment and innovative breakthroughs.   However, it may create ill will amount your colleauges who may feel that you have used them or taken them for granted.

People may be drawn to your charisma and charm, but these same individuals can sometimes feel distanced from the “real you.”  You may be able to lessen this sense of alienation by showing a willingness to help others succeed in their personal development and advance in their careers.

Rich, you are likely to be an influential and articulate individual who has a tremendous capacity to inspire and lead people.

Knowing my DiSC personality pattern helps me understand how I can better communicate with others.  This is very helpful for an HR leader who needs to be constantly communicating with employees, peers, and senior management.  In future posts I will be sharing how different personality profiles can effectively communicate with others.  Again, since I have all my information, I will probably start with how my particular pattern can effectively communicate with those that are the opposite of me.


Understanding Your Personality Profile With DiSC

It is important for HR leaders  to understand their personality profile as well as the profiles of those they work with.  The first step, is of course, discovering your personality profile.

I like the DiSC personality/behavior profile tool because it breaks down to four basic personality dimensions, Dominance (or Drive), Influence (or Inducement), Steadiness (or Submission), and Conscientiousness (or Caution or Compliance).

Everybody exhibits all four of the dimensions in their personalities but in different degrees. The DiSC tool measures which of the four dimensions are strongest and which are weakest and gives people insight into understanding their personalities, strengths and weaknesses and how to communicate and develop professional relationships with others.

The test measures your score on each of the DiSC dimensions based on responses to questions.  The dimensions are best understood through a matrix where on the y axis, the D and I dimensions measure extroverted aspects of a person’s personality and the S and C measure the introverted aspects.  On the x axis, the D and S dimensions measure task focus aspects and the I and C dimensions measure the social focus aspects.

DiSC Matrix by Rich Boberg

DiSC Matrix by Rich Boberg

People will typically score very high in one or two of the four dimensions which gives them a very good idea of which personality tendency is dominant.

Dominance/Drive:  People who score and exhibit High D tendencies are very decisive and quick in dealing with challenges and problems while those who are Low D are more hesitant to make a decision and need more information.

Influence/Inducement: People who score and exhibit High I tendencies are comfortable influencing people through active communication and can be emotional while those who are Low I prefer influencing people with facts and data and keep the emotional element out.

Steadiness/Submission: People who score and exhibit High S tendencies do not like sudden change and are comfortable with security and are calm and patient and deliberate in making decisions while those who are Low S are impatient and are comfortable with change and variety and can be impulsive.

Conscientiousness/Caution/Compliance:  People who score and exhibit High C tendencies like structure and sticking to the rules and procedures and take pride in their accuracy and cautious when making decisions while Low C’s like to challenge and/or “break” rules, are independent,  and are not terribly interested in accuracy and details.

In addition to the four personality dimensions, DiSC identifies 15 patterns based on where an individual scores on each of the four dimensions. So for example if you score high in the Influence and Dominance and low in Steadiness and Conscientiousness, you most likely exhibit the Inspirational pattern.

  1. Achiever
  2. Agent
  3. Appraiser
  4. Counselor
  5. Creative
  6. Developer
  7. Inspirational
  8. Investigator
  9. Objective Thinker
  10. Perfectionist
  11. Persuader
  12. Practitioner
  13. Promoter
  14. Result oriented
  15. Specialist

In the next few weeks I will be sharing and breaking down my DiSC profile as a starting point in analyzing all the other patterns in future posts.