Have you heard of the DISC assessment?
You may have carried out some psychological assessments in your time, and may be familiar with programmes such as the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory. This helps you see the kind of person you are, highlighting your strengths and development areas.
DISC is slightly different. It is more of a behavioural assessment tool that looks at your behavioural traits and motivations, rather than trying to indicate the personality type that drives every thought you have.
Developed by William Moulton Marston, who was a psychologist in the last century, it focuses on four different behavioural traits, which are considered to be:
Dominance – This is how we respond to problems & challenges
Influence – This is how we respond to people & how we try to influence them to our point of view
Steadiness – How we respond to the pace & consistency at work
Conscientiousness – This is how we respond to procedures & constraints within the workplace
Marston wrote in his 1928 book ‘Emotions of Normal People’ that these four traits are driven by people’s sense of self and how they interact with the working environment around them. Originally, the idea was to see to what extend we view our environment as being favourable or unfavourable to our future careers. Then it was looking at what level of control we actually had on these facets of our lives.
Well, it looks at the four components mentioned above and analysis, through a series of graduating questions, the behavioural preferences you have against each of those building blocks.
Your answers to the questions help the assessment to analyse what your preferences are and how far away from ‘balance’ you are on a sliding scale. The further away from the ‘balance point’ you are assessed to be, the more profound the results are for you.
There are no right or wrong answers. The real value of the assessment is in having clarity about your tendencies and which areas of development you may wish to consider for your future projects.
Many people find the assessment to be extremely accurate in assessing their strengths and our experience of their feedback shows a clear ability to identify their value to their company by seeing which areas are seen as strengths and which are ripe for development.
From recruitment and selection, right through to leadership development and performance management, DISC assessments will help you gain an insight into your behaviours, motivators and personal skills. Adaptation to the current working environment may well increase a person’s value to the team and the company as a whole.
A DISC profile will help you, and others in your team who are carrying out the assessment, to:
• Understand what makes them do what they do and why
• Influence others more effectively in the way that person views the world
• Train and develop the team to see the perspectives of others
• Build strong relationships with others in the team to create closer working ties
• Secure trust with the team so people have better, more open relationships
• Communicate effectively with others at all levels so that there is more consensus and agreement
DISC is considered one of the most accurate assessments in the behavioural world and would benefit you and your team to identify which areas you can still develop in your career.
Would your company benefit from DISC Assessments? Visit: https://www.mtdtraining.com/disc-assessments to find out more.
Originally published: 4 March, 2020
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