Why I love the DISC profile for personal and team performance

I was first introduced to the DISC assessment close to ten years ago. It immediately improved my understanding of my preferred communication and behavioural style, as well as learning to appreciate and benefit from the styles of others I worked with.

DISC is a simple model that looks at 4 core factors to help us understand how we prefer to behave and communicate and how we might be adapting to our current circumstance.

How reliable is DISC?

  • Every 7.5 seconds someone is completing a DISC assessment.
  • DISC has a sample size of 500,000 globally and 12,800 in Australia-NZ. (2000 is statistically significant.)
  • DISC is used by 75% of Fortune 500 Companies.
  • There are over 384 different graphs that can be produced.

The assessments are done online and take approximately 20 minutes and result in a 23-page personal report which is an ongoing reference tool for the person who completed the assessment, and whoever they choose to show it to – colleagues, partners etc.

The DISC report includes information on:

  • Problem solving and decision-making traits
  • Communication style
  • Value to the organisation
  • Checklist for communicating and don’ts for communicating
  • Ideal environment
  • Self-perception and how others perceive you under moderate and extreme stress
  • Natural and Adapted style
  • Keys to motivating
  • Keys to managing

When I first received a DISC report, I felt like someone had read everything in my email inbox and understood me. In fact, I recently heard someone use that same description when they received their report! While that can sound intimidating, one of the most powerful and affirming things that I experienced was that the report revealed my strengths and how I can benefit a team I work with.

Many leaders I know are aware of where they fall short. We are confronted with this reality each and every day as we try to guide our organisations through complex times. Yet rarely do we get an objective, data-informed report that reminds us of the value we bring.

Time and time again, as I have coached leaders or teams of leaders as a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst, I have seen men and women grow in understanding, be encouraged and affirmed in their value and unlock keys to increase their workplace performance. And that is why I love the DISC profile for personal and team performance!

Ruth Limkin