DiSC - Interaction Between Styles: D (Dominant) with S (Steady)

Posted by Bill Harshman on

Being familiar with the DiSC styles will help you be able to respond and keep communication moving forward.  Understanding yourself better is the first step to becoming more effective when working with others. However, as I’ve maintained, it is equally important to understanding the “other” style with which you are dealing. 

D with S

As a D (Dominant) style, you thrive on Results, Action, and Challenge.  To you, others with the S (Steady) style may appear:

  • Soft-spoken
  • Easy going
  • Patient
  • Team Player
  • Calm
  • Good listener

The S style is motivated by providing support, maintaining stability, enjoying collaboration.  NOTE:  When it comes to PACE and PRIORITY, the D and the S styles share very little.  The S style has a more reserved pace as compared to the faster PACE of the D style.  The S style has a people PRIORITY as compared to the task PRIORITY of the D style.  As such, interaction between these two styles requires what is referred to as “stretch”.

Suppose you work with an S style.  That person seems calm and somewhat compliant and is always patient and eager to help.  The S style is usually well-liked and can always be counted on to perform the job consistently, and not likely to shake things up with daring ideas or push others to achieve like the D style tends to do.  However, with your D focus on tangible outcome and results, you may become frustrated by the S’s concern about everyone’s happiness and may find them overly cautious.

To the D style, the S style may seem more concerned with including everyone.  While the D is outspoken, the S is focused on group harmony.

D with S Road Trip:

The D gets in the car and says, “I’ll drive”.

The S gets in the car and says, “Do you have what you need?  I think I packed what you requested.  But don’t worry, if you think of something else, we can stop and I’ll grab it.  I just want everything to go smoothly and for us to have a good time”. 

The D thinks quietly …”It’ll be fine.  Quit worrying”. 

As a D style, I hope this helps provide more insight into you AND/OR the “S” styles in your world and provides a broader understanding as to “what makes for successful interaction.”  As ALWAYS, the key to effectiveness through DiSC is understanding your and others’ styles and then using that knowledge for improved interactions.

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