Understanding personalities with the DISC profile

Understand yourself and others




Monday morning. New York.

Rain.

You have a business appointment in the 37th floor of a crowded skyscraper. You see many people approaching the elevator. You're short on time.


Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless. - Paul P. Harris -

Getting on a busy elevator . . .


Dominic walks up, gets on the elevator, and pushes the button to close the door.

Isabel lets others in, says "Always room for one more; we'll wait for you."

Steve waits in line, moving from one line to another, unable to make a decision

Claudia gets on the elevator. If it's crowded, Claudia will count the number of people and, if the number is over the limit, will make someone get off.*

What do you do?

You might have guessed it. The names stand for different personalities. And are named by the first letters of the DISC profile:

Dominant

Influential

Steady

Conscientious

You might follow your instinct and do, what feels right.

Which might end up rolling your eyes about Claudia's behavior of counting, shouting at Dominic for not waiting, being confused about Isabel's ignorance about the absence of space, or pushing Steve aside while he's thinking what to do.

Or you might acknowledge their behavior in seconds and decide for the best version for you and the others. Reacting to their behavior rather than judging might bring all of you upwards.


Two things define your personality, the way you manage things when you have nothing, and the way you behave when you have everything. - unknown -


Understanding and shaping your personality will help you a lot to interact with people, reduce conflicts and deepen relationships.

And maybe finally reach your appointment in the 37th floor with inner peace. :-)

So, what do you finally do in this elevator?

Take a free DISC test and find out, if you're Dominic, Isabel, Steve, or Claudia.


*Source: https://www.discprofileblog.com/2007/02/disc_humor.html