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What’s A DISC Test & How Can They Take Your Business To The Next Level? 

Knowing your personality type is one of the simplest ways to better understand how you interact with the people around you. Despite this, most people wouldn’t know what to say when asked about their personality. That’s where a DISC test can come in handy. As a personal assessment tool, a DISC test is one of the best ways to get a quick and clear insight into who you are as an individual. In this article, we’ll focus all on DISC tests so that by the end, you’ll be wondering why you still haven’t taken your own. 

What’s A DISC Test? 

As stated, a DISC test is a personal assessment tool. Used by over one million people every year and 15,000+ organizations in its 20 years of service, a DISC test can improve teamwork, productivity, and communication in the workplace

Upon answering a series of questions that take around 20 – 25 minutes to complete, personality is categorized into one of four parts.

  1. Dominance

A person in this category likes to get things done. They tend to be confident, outspoken, and sometimes even blunt.

  1. Influence 

A person in this category likes to influence others. They tend to be enthusiastic, persuasive, and trusting. 

  1. Steadiness

A person in this category likes to cooperate with others. They tend to be calm, loyal, and dependable.

  1. Compliance

A person in this category likes to make sure work is the best it can be. They tend to be perfectionists, analytical, and systematic.

→ It’s important to note that no one is purely one out of these four personality types. A combination of two or more is usually common. 

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What’s DISC Flow? 

Developed in 2021, DISC Flow adds onto a regular DISC test. Not only does a DISC Flow analyze the behavior of every individual taking the test, it also checks their emotional intelligence. Essentially, why do people behave the way they do?

What's a DiSC Test?

What Are The Benefits Of A DISC Test? 

Understand Your Behavior

First and foremost, a DISC test is great because it helps you understand your own behavior. Even though many people might have an idea of their own personality, a DISC test is a way to get concrete information about who you are as an individual. 

This is valuable for the workplace in particular because it gives you insight into how you can be more productive, communicative, as well as teaching you how to work better with others. 

Understand Others Better

While a DISC test can serve as a mirror into your own personality, it can also leave you with a better understanding of your colleagues. 

There have been many times when I’ve done a DISC test with a group of people who’ve been working together for a few years, and yet when we begin our training session, they tell me they still have trouble working as a solid team. Upon completion of a DISC test, solutions to any past problems they’ve had seem to become instantly clearer. Why? Well, simply put, now they have a much better understanding of each other!

Improve Emotional Intelligence & Leadership

Lastly, a DISC test and DISC Flow test can improve emotional intelligence and leadership within a company. Once again, because so much becomes clear the moment you finish taking one of these tests, you’re now equipped with the knowledge that can lead to greater emotional intelligence and leadership skills.

We touched on emotional intelligence so let’s focus on leadership. Simply put, if leaders understand their own personality, as well as that of those in their team, they’ll have a better grasp of what works for them and others. This is crucial because according to Zippia, in 2023, only 48% of employees viewed their company’s leadership as “high quality”. A DISC test can be the first step to changing that. 

When Should You Use A DISC Test? 

In a way I’d always recommend taking a DISC test. However, in this section I’d like to outline when I believe they’re crucial. 

During Coaching Sessions

I always use a DISC test in my coaching sessions. DISC tests are especially effective during coaching sessions because they tend to focus on specific business goals and they tend to be 1-1. 

This means I can really focus on the coachee and how their personality affects the way they work. By doing so, we can come to effective solutions for any issue they might have. 

In Times Of Change 

Another time a DISC test will really help is in times of change. Nowadays, change is constant, leading to prolonged periods of confusion and at its worst, an inability to act effectively. 

By taking a DISC test beforehand, it’s also possible to gain an understanding into how you might deal with change, thereby providing you with an armor of sorts that will make you antifragile to random changes

A Few Years After You Did Your First

Finally, I’d also recommend DISC tests to people who’ve taken them before. What’s interesting about DISC tests and really, personality in general is the fact that nothing’s set in stone.

While this is not to say that if you sit on the Dominance quadrant that five years later you can expect to be in the Influence quadrant, it does mean shifts are possible. After all, once you have a better understanding of yourself, you can start to add and retract things

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How Has The DISC Test Helped Me?

The first time I did a DISC test was in 2005. I found out I leaned more towards the Influence and Steadiness quadrants, which made sense given my own understanding of my personality, as well as my line of work. 

I’ve taken the DISC test since that first time, and have found I’ve been able to balance out my Dominance and Conscientiousness quadrants as a result of knowing they were lacking in the first place. 

This has been extremely beneficial for my work as a professional development facilitator because I can quickly highlight where people’s strengths and weaknesses are. Not only that, we can then tailor those traits depending on the skill that needs improving. For example, if someone needs to improve sales skills and they sit on the Steadiness quadrant, they might have trouble dealing with clients who sit on any of the other three quadrants. Having this baseline understanding helps streamline change in as smooth and effective a way possible. 

How I Can Help

With over almost two decades experience, including impactful roles at Google and Apple, I, Thijs van Loon, am your Professional Skills Development Facilitator in Asia. My suite of services is meticulously designed to propel your team to new heights. 

One area of expertise is in Management & High Performance Coaching, which can cover anything from NLP coaching, Psych-k coaching, and small group management coaching. 

By leveraging training certifications from Google and Apple, in addition to my certifications in NLP and Psych-K, I offer tailored, practical solutions that deliver immediate results to your business. By working together, I can help you empower the individuals in your company and your business at large, wherever you are in the world.

Interested in management & high performance coaching? Get in touch now. 

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