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Everything DiSC circle showing the 4 quadrants: D, i, S, and C

The DiSC styles

The Everything DiSC® model can be described by four basic DiSC styles: the D, i, S, and C personality types.

DiSC D-type personalities


direct, strong-willed, and forceful (fast-paced and skeptical)

DiSC 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 candidly.

More about the D styles

DiSC i-type personalities


sociable, talkative, and lively (fast-paced and accepting)

You can often recognize i-style people by their outgoing energy, optimism, warmth, and gift of gab. They seek new experiences rather than routine, and care a great deal about their relationships with others.

More about the i styles

DiSC S-type personalities


gentle, accommodating, and soft-hearted (cautious and accepting)

S-style people tend to be more reflective than outspoken. They are warm, sincere, and accepting personalities. If you want someone to listen patiently to you, this might be the person you go to.

More about the S styles

DiSC C-type personalities


private, analytical, and logical (cautious and skeptical)

C-style people value high standards, careful analysis, and diplomacy. They excel at bringing an objective lens to various situations, and care about demonstrating their competency.

More about the C styles
DiSC map showing the active-to-reflective continuum and the skeptical-to-accepting continuum

What does DiSC measure?

Everything DiSC assessments measure a few important personality traits. The vertical dimension goes from fast-paced and outspoken to more cautious and reflective. The horizontal dimension goes from questioning and skeptical to accepting and warm. These measurements can tell us a great deal about our preferences and tendencies.

DiSC map for a DC style person
This DiSC circle shows a moderately inclined DC style person (indicated by the dot) with an extra priority in Enthusiasm (indicated by the striped shading).

The Everything DiSC circle

The dot shows your style and inclination. The closer your dot is to the middle, the less inclined you are toward that style.

The shading indicates your comfort zone. If there’s little or no shading in part of the circle, that means you will have to put forth more effort in displaying behaviors characteristic of that style.


The priorities around the circle are an additional measurement. It helps you interpret your shading. Everyone gets at least three priorities, but you can also have four or five.

In the example shown, the person has the three priorities typical of the DC style (accuracy, challenge, results) and also the priority of enthusiasm (more often associated with people who have i styles). They are moderately inclined toward the DC style, perhaps agreeing less strongly with the style’s descriptions than someone with a dot closer to the edge.

DiSC makes it easy to see yourself on a scale of behaviors and traits without being boxed into a single category. It empowers you to embrace what fits, while acknowledging that everyone—even people with your same style—is different.

It’s important to understand that all DiSC styles are equally valuable and everyone is a blend of all four styles. Your personal style is also influenced by factors such as life experiences, education, and maturity.

Graphic showing the 8 DiSC scales

8 scales, 12 types

The four primary styles are a way of simplifying the model to make it more memorable. However, Everything DiSC assessments allow for finer differentiation among styles than just the four main types.

When you complete an Everything DiSC questionnaire, you are scored on eight scales, not four. Those eight scales are D, Di/iD, i, iS/Si, S, SC/CS, C, CD/DC. Your scores on these eight scales determine your style. Some people will have the styles D, i, S, or C, but others will have styles such as Di or SC.

How you answer questions related to the eight scales helps determine your style. If you answer more questions that reflect the iS and S scales, for example, your style will be scored as an Si.

“The standardization of the eight scales ensured that the assignment of DiSC styles was roughly equal across the twelve styles. The Everything DiSC assessment has been translated into other languages where local norm groups are used to establish the optimal items and norms for each scale.”Everything DiSC Manual

Graphic about the traits measured by the 8 DiSC scales

A quick overview of the 12 Everything DiSC styles

D styles

Active & skeptical


Forceful and direct, seeks bottom-line results, values victory. Could increase effectiveness through patience, empathy.

D style


Convincing and daring, seeks new opportunities, values quick action. Could increase effectiveness through patience, humility, consideration of others’ ideas.

Di style


Resolute and strong-willed, seeks independence, values personal accomplishment. Could increase effectiveness through warmth and tactful communication.

DC style

i styles

Active & accepting


Highly sociable and lively, seeks popularity, values optimism. Could increase effectiveness through being more objective and following through on tasks.

i style


Upbeat and lighthearted, seeks friendship, values empathy. Could increase effectiveness through acknowledging others’ flaws and confronting problems.

iS style


Animated and inspiring, seeks excitement, values bold action. Could increase effectiveness through focusing on the details, showing patience, listening to others.

iD style

S styles

Reflective & accepting


Pleasantly calm and accommodating of others, seeks stability, values harmony. Could increase effectiveness through displaying self-confidence and revealing true feelings.

S style


Supportive and agreeable, seeks acceptance, values close relationships. Could increase effectiveness through saying “no” if necessary and addressing issues.

Si style


Modest and unassuming, seeks consistency, values steady progress. Would increase effectiveness through initiating change and speaking up.

SC style

C styles

Reflective & skeptical


Analytical and private, seeks objective processes, values accuracy. Could increase effectiveness through acknowledging others’ feelings and looking beyond data.

C style


Quiet and self-controlled, seeks reliable outcomes, values practicality. Could increase effectiveness through showing flexibility, being decisive, and showing urgency.

CS style


Unsentimental and matter-of-fact, seeks efficiency, values strict standards. Could increase effectiveness through cooperation and paying attention to others’ needs.

CD style

Everything DiSC Cornerstone Principles

  • All of the DiSC styles are equally valuable and everyone is a blend of all four styles.
  • Your work style is also influenced by other factors such as life experiences, education, and maturity.
  • Understanding yourself better is the first step to becoming more effective when working with others.
  • Learning about other people’s DiSC styles can help you understand their priorities and how they may differ from your own.
  • You can improve the quality of your workplace by using DiSC assessments to build more effective relationships.
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