Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

 

How much do you know about the D personality preference?

We know that D-style people tend to be fast-paced and outspoken. They also display questioning and skeptical traits. You’ll notice the D-style acting assertively, making quick decisions, and speaking rather bluntly.

But how do the D-styles differ? What difference does the placement of the DiSC dot really make?

 

The solid D or the high D


If you just look at the three images on this page, you’ll see the the strong D personality prioritized RESULTS. They want to see bottom-line results. If you’re playing a game, even a friendly social game, they are going to want to win. They looking for ways to maximize their efficiencies and their results. But they don’t want to be given an easy win. They also love a challenge.

If you work or live with a strong D you might wish they were more patient and less demanding. They struggle to show empathy. You might have to explain other people to them and ask them to show more patience.

Corresponding DiSC Classic patterns: Results Oriented or Developer.

Leadership style: Commanding
Commanding leaders can be powerful and decisive, enlisting others to work quickly toward ambitious goals. Or they can be forceful, egotistical leaders who push others at the expense of morale.

 

The DC style


How does DC differ from D? They are even more strongly focused on the CHALLENGE. Challenges energize them. They love to explore options and give them all a good evaluation.

This style can drive you crazy with questions. In fact, like strong Cs they can be overly blunt or sarcastic. While they probably don’t mean to, they can even be condescending and make harsh judgements.

If you want to support a DC, you might help them understand the feelings of others. They can struggle with group activities or  tasks that seem routine. Remind them that there’s a fascinating challenge involved in working with others. Routine tasks can give them a break from having to find the most advantageous strategies and allow their brains to flex creativity.

Corresponding DiSC Classic patterns: Creative.

Leadership style: Resolute.
They can be questioning, independent leaders how aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo to get better results. They can also be cynical, insensitive leaders who seem intent on putting a negative spin on everything.


 The Di style


The type of D is the most fast-paced. They are quick to act, perhaps too quick. They are often the most charming of Ds, probably because it’s easier for them to display more enthusiasm.

It can be a challenge to keep the focused attention of a person with this style. They are easily bored. They love ACTION.

Di styles frequently need help not to act in way other styles will consider overly aggressive. They can come across as egotistic, manipulative or overpowering when they are stressed of just trying really hard to get people to take action.

Corresponding DiSC Classic patterns: Inspirational.

Leadership style: Pioneering.
They can be bold, passionate leaders who inspire others to take chances on new directions. They might be impulsive, overconfident leaders who use their charm to gain support for wild ideas.

 

How do you distinguish between the three D styles? I will sheepishly offer up this doggerel:

All Ds are direct and fast-paced.
There’s no challenge a DC hasn’t faced.
Dis will claim there’s no time to waste.
In a game of being blunt and assertive
there’s no others who have so confidently raced.

 


Leadership style summaries were taken from 8 Dimensions of Leadership, a book covering the same styles or dimensions of leadership personality as the Everything DiSC Work of Leaders profile.

 

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