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.
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.