DiSC® - Understanding the Si (Steady / Influence) Style

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Si Style

This lesson continues our increased understanding of not just the four quadrants with which we are already familiar, rather an understanding how changing proximity (distance to a neighboring style) within a particular quadrant yields a result which identifies a separate, unique DiSC® styleToday’s focus is on the Si (Steady / Influence) style. 


Where did this come from?

As the DiSC® has evolved and become totally computer based, the algorithms showed a much more robust capability to plot your “dot” very specifically within one of the four quadrants.  (Our dot simply reminds us of our home base; where we feel most comfortable; our comfy t-shirt.)  Research showed that the analysis and weighting of the results placed the same styles in various places within a given quadrant.  Simply put, the result was different degrees of the same style and slightly differing preferences and priorities.


What’s in this for the learner?

This lesson will be helpful if you haven’t taken the DiSC®, don’t know your DiSC® style, OR if you are a style other than Si

Note:  Any style with two letters is called a “combined” style.  Depending on the sequencing of the “combined” style letters, the first style is more prominent than the second style (eg. In the case of Si style, the S is the prominent style).  As such, in the case of the “combined” Si style, much of the criteria (priorities, qualities, etc.) are reflective of the Steady quadrant where the Si style resides.

Quick summary of the Si style

Let’s start with what we know.  We already know a couple basics about the Si style that reside within the Steady quadrant.  This quadrant - including the Si, S, & SC styles - has a PACE of Cautious & Reflective, combined with an AGREEABLENESS quotient of Accepting & Warm (people-focused).  And, the brief list of (observable behaviors) descriptors still includes:  Even-tempered, Accommodating, Patient, Humble, & Tactful.  From our model, we also know that the Si style priorities differ slightly from those of the S & SC styles, and include Enthusiasm, Collaboration, & Support.  As we proceed in this lesson, you’ll notice one or more of these priorities identified in our Si candidate.  Refer to our blog titled, “EVERYTHING DiSC WORKPLACE® PROFILE - The 8 Priorities“ to understand more about the priorities associated with the DiSC® styles, specifically the Si.

The thrust of this lesson is around the priorities and qualities that tie those aforementioned descriptors together.  Let’s begin by examining the Si priorities.

Si Style Priorities

Si Priorities

Priorities (listed around the circumference of the model) are the primary areas where people focus their energy depending on their DiSC® style.  Everyone has at least three priorities; some have four to five.  Having more than three is no better or worse.  I’m sharing priorities from the Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile in this example.  The Everything DiSC Workplace® priorities are unique to you and based on your results.  Priorities simply help us understand how our style might be reflected in motivations and behaviors given real-life work scenarios.  The important thing to remember is that when things get foggy (such as when stress or uncertainty appear) we seek the priorities associated with our style.


Priorities of the Si Style: (which are shared with the adjacent Si style)

  • Collaboration – The Si likes to involve others in making decisions. They try to build team spirit and are less concerned with individual accomplishment. 
  • Support – The Si places a high importance on the needs of others. Their accommodating nature sets aside their own opinions and needs to help others.
  • Enthusiasm – The Si comes across as cheerful. They tend to see the positive in most situations and are encouraging of other people’s ideas.


Scales & Qualities

Next, we consider the qualities of the Si style. These are like core needs mentioned in previous articles, however are LESS unconscious and MORE at the surface near conscious, observable behavior.  The qualities vary around the model and are represented in scales.  The Si scale qualities are Positivity, Good Will, & Empathy.

Si-iS Scale

Note:  Due to the pairings of styles to form a particular scale, you will notice that these dual-letter designations are shared with their neighboring dual-letter mirror.  For example, the Si/iS styles are physically paired together, and as such, they share style qualities.  Same is true of the CS/SC proximity, the CD/DC proximity, and the Di/iD proximity.  The result is eight DiSC® scales instead of 12 as expected.  Thus, we have 12 DiSC® styles contained within 8 DiSC® scales.  Though the iS and Si styles are separate and unique, you can consider the Si/iS styles as ONE scale when it comes to qualities.  Let’s review the qualities of the Si/iS which include Positivity, Good Will, & Empathy.


Qualities of the Si/iS Styles:

  • Positivity
  1. If you ask the Si, they will tell you they believe that life is and should be pleasant, and that they tend to assume the best of the world.
  2. Even during stress, they are confident that it’s only temporary. They are open and willing to “go with the flow.”  They would rather bend than fight.
  3. They prefer the path of least resistance and tend to avoid tasks which threaten their positive outlook.
  • Good Will
  1. The Si wants everyone to get along and thrive in a positive, harmonious environment where there is a sense of belonging and connection.
  2. Believing the best about people, they tend to give others the benefit of the doubt; to take what they say at face value. They won’t question sincerity and don’t guard their pride.
  • Empathy
  1. The Si is driven to understand others, and as such are attentive to people’s feelings. Their ability to connect with people is very important in their life.  They are about making sure others are happy and comfortable. 
  2. They tend to feel uneasy when others are struggling, so will avoid being the source of any irritability or discomfort. They’ll overlook poor behavior rather than confront someone or provide honest feedback.  This aspect can make it tough for the Si style to hold others accountable.


Where they differ

Up until now, I’ve referred to the neighboring iS/Si styles interchangeably in terms of the overlap of their priorities and their qualities, respectively.  HOWEVER, it is important to remember that they ARE two different DiSC® styles.  The unique placement of those dots on the DiSC® model is determined by the computer algorithms.  I want to share some clarifying / identifying information to help make this distinction clear.  The table shows that the two styles share only Priorities and Qualities, however differ in terms of their other criteria as determined where their respective dots fell within different quadrants on the DiSC® model. 


Si Style

iS Style


Even-tempered, Accommodating, Patient, Humble, Tactful

Outgoing, Enthusiastic, Optimistic, High-spirited, Lively


Collaboration, Support, Enthusiasm


Positivity, Good Will, Empathy


Acceptance, close relationships


Judges others by:

Receptivity to others, approachability

Ability to see good in others, warmth

Influences others by:

Showing empathy, being patient

Agreeableness, empathy


Kindness, personal connections

Patience with others, indirect approaches

Under pressure:

Avoids conflict, tries to make everyone happy

Takes criticism personally, avoids conflict


Being forced to pressure others, facing aggression

Pressuring others, being disliked

Would increase effectiveness through:

Saying “no” if necessary, addressing issues

Acknowledging others’ flaws, confronting problems


To some, these differences may seem very subtle, however lumping these two unique styles together as one is inappropriate and unfair.  One of our Cornerstone Principles shows us that “Each and all 12 DiSC® styles are unique and equally valuable.”


So What?

So, that was a lot of new, detailed, complex information.  What do I glean from that and how do I apply meaning to my daily life?

Si Wordcloud

Consider this.  There is an implication for leadership.  The Si style get 360 feedback from their managers, direct reports, and peers which points to the lowest ratings when it comes to:

  • Setting high expectations
  • Speaking up about problems
  • Letting others know when some sort of course correction is needed


Conversely, the Si style got their highest ratings when it comes to:

  • being approachable
  • maintaining solid, information relationships with everyone
  • building cohesion, familiarity, & trust


Let’s also consider some of the assumptions operating within people having the Si style.  If you are an Si, see which ones fit for you:

  • If my world isn’t in harmony, things are bad
  • If things don’t feel harmonious, something is wrong.
  • I can show my value by helping people.
  • When I see others in need, I must help them
  • I am responsible for people’s happiness.
  • I must be accepted.
  • It is intolerable to have someone mad at me

The “So what?” is for the Si to consider how they would increase their effectiveness.  At a glance, the Si is into friendship and working with others.  This can come across as indirect and avoiding if overused.  This lesson can help the Si to increase effectiveness by accepting and understanding their own style, then incorporating what they know about other styles toward improved communication.

I hope this overview increased your awareness, knowledge, and familiarity of DiSC®, especially the Si style.  Whether your needs include Onboarding, Employee Engagement, Culture Change, Conflict Management, Team Building, or simply Communication, DiSC® is the research-based, proven, leading training solution. We have several Everything DiSC® assessments to help you craft individual and team solutions.








As ALWAYS, the key to effectiveness through DiSC® is understanding your and others’ styles and then using that knowledge for improved interactions.

If you would like a live, complimentary webinar (online) for your team or organization, or if you would like a PDF sample of any of the assessments listed above, please send an email to info@traininglocation.com.  If you’d like to purchase the DiSC®, visit  DiSC® Classic or Everything DiSC® at our website.  And, check out our products from The Ken Blanchard Companies as well.

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