What is DISC theory?
The DISC model is an easy-to-use but very accurate theory to understand human behaviours. It provides an increased level of self-awareness and awareness of others through a common language and framework of understanding.
According to William Moulton Marston’s research, published in the book “Emotions of Normal People” in 1928, people’s behaviour is based on an individual’s perception of and reaction to a situation.
Marston narrowed this into four behavioural types of styles which are sometimes referred to as DISC personality types:
- D - Dominance (with description)
- I - Influence/Inducement
- S - Steadiness/Submission
- C - Compliance
Whilst most people will show all four of these behaviour patterns at times, an individual will display one or more of them consistently in the workplace. This is because each person develops a behavioural style which places particular emphasis on certain postures and less emphasis on others.