Understanding our DiSC D-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our DiSC D-style colleagues and friends

How much do you know about the Everything DiSC® 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?

DiSC® D style priorities

The solid D or the high D

Everything DiSC D styleIf you just look at the three images on this page, you’ll see 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’re 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.

DiSC® DC style priorities

The DC style

Everything DiSC DC styleHow 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 who 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.

 DiSC® De style priorities

The Di style

Everything DiSC Di styleThe 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 ways other styles will consider overly aggressive. They can come across as egotistic, manipulative or overpowering when they are stressed or 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.

The D style on Pinterest

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.

Take the Everything DiSC Workplace assessment to learn your DiSC style.

Other styles




by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team



  1. Logan L 4 years ago

    Can you tell me what the differences would be between the Di and the iD styles? They seem very similar, with a little bit of variation.

    • Author
      The DiSCProfile.com team 4 years ago

      They are very similar. In terms of people-reading or improving relationships with others, it’s not necessary to know the nitty-gritty differences. The differences that matter most between an iD and a Di person you know might be the intensity of their style. If the iD’s dot is closer to the center and the Di closer to the edge, that might be the larger difference between the two.

      Di styles tend to be results-oriented, vocal, and enthusiastic, influencing others through their charm and bold action.

      Traits: dynamic, inquisitive, persuasive, rebellious, restless, entrepreneurial, results oriented, vocal, enthusiastic

      iD styles tend to be high-energy, charismatic, and adventurous, influencing others through their boldness and passion.

      Traits: high-energy, poised, persuasive, open, ambitious, self-promoting, influential, impatient, adventurous, charismatic

  2. Patrick Sh 4 years ago

    My Colleague Type D is a constant Sarcastic Pop-Off, I am a strong I. What is my best approach to confront this person? I am a Fight over flight personality. If I choose, How do I get control of this Type D.?

    • Author
      The DiSCProfile.com team 4 years ago

      You might want to take Everything DiSC Productive Conflict to see if your automatic thoughts in response to perceived conflict might make you uncomfortable with your colleague. You might need to work with someone to become more assertive with this person. It might be that your colleague is misunderstood or is a jerk. Without knowing both of you and observing your behaviors, it’s very hard to give any advice. If you have an HR department with an Employee Assistance Program or a Conflict Resolution unit, your best option might be to speak with someone there.

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