The "D" Personality Type
Direct, Decisive, Driven
The DISC Behavioral model describes four basic patterns,
none of which is better or worse than any of the others.
Very few people are purely one type. (Most of us are a
combination of types.) This description is of someone who is
almost completely a D.
See if it describes you or someone you know. (Again,
remember it describes an extreme form of a behavior that is
often much more nuanced.)
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If you are a D personality type, you are concerned about
- You enjoy solving problems, getting things done, and
- You want to be in charge. (You dislike being told what
- You set high standards for performance (your own and
- You trust your ability to produce results.
- You enjoy challenges and competition.
- You are willing to take risks, challenge the status
quo, and break the rules.
- You make decisions quickly.
- You are impatient with people who "waste
time" by talking or planning, who you think are
incompetent, or who resist change.
- You don't mind telling people they're wrong. You value
"telling it like it is." You can be blunt.
- You bore easily.
- You get angry quickly (and you get over it quickly).
You are energized by...
- Working in a fast-paced, results oriented environment
- Being in charge
- Taking on new opportunities and challenges
- Having the authority to determine how things are done
- Being able to advance in your career
You lose energy when you...
- Are closely supervised or micromanaged
- Are questioned or overruled
- Can't affect the outcome
- Have limited access to resources
- Perform routine, predictable tasks
At your best you can...
- Get things done, either by yourself or as a group
- Be bold and adventurous.
- Mobilize people to solve a problem, confront an enemy,
or achieve a goal.
You can be a pioneer, a
crusader, a leader.
When you are stressed out, you can...
- Be blunt to the point of being rude. Like a tank, you
run over people's feelings.
- Be hypercritical, demanding, and short-tempered.
- Make rash and reckless decisions.
- Explode when you don't get your way.
At your worst, you can be a
bully, a loud mouth, a tyrant.
To be your best...
- Take time to gather information and think through the
consequences of your decisions.
- Instead of just announcing your decision, explain your
- Consult others, respect their input, and keep them
Cultivate patience. See the
value of cooperation.
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How to RECOGNIZE a D personality type...
- They tend to be active, extroverted, and always in a
- They speak loudly, interrupt others, and come right to
the point in conversation.
- They like to take charge of meetings and to set the
agenda and make the rules.
- They can be aggressive, blunt, and impatient.
How to WORK with a D personality type...
- Be clear, specific, and to the point.
- Be prepared. Present your requirements, objectives,
and support material without wasting their time.
- Involve them in developing a solution. Let them decide
how to accomplish it and give them the freedom to do it
- Clarify the limits of their authority and available
- Don't back down when they attack. Take issue with the
facts without confronting the person directly.
What NOT to do around a D personality type...
- Chitchat. Try to develop a relationship. Approach them
- Waste their time.
- Tell them what to do and expect them to do it.
- Expect them to pick up on your feelings or unspoken
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