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

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, when the “other” is your identical style, even that takes effort.  Consider these two points:  1) Two magnets can attract or repel, depending on their orientation.  2) Yin and Yang is a Chinese Philosophical concept that describes how obviously opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may support each other as they interrelate to one another.

DiSC Interaction between styles

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

  • Driven
  • Competitive
  • Forceful
  • Strong-willed

They also share with you initiative and strong determination.  They are well-respected by the organization as a “real go-getter” who delivers on their promises.  You probably have no trouble relating to their direct, forceful approach.  Because you both prefer an action-oriented and demanding work environment, you are probably comfortable with one another’s fast pace and intensity.

The two of you share a questioning nature and desire to challenge the status quo, and you appreciate the healthy sense of skepticism they bring to a situation.  HOWEVER, because you both like to control how things are done, you MAY butt heads at times, preferring to fly solo on important, select projects.

Too much D Humor:  Two D’s walk into a bar.  NO they don’t.  The first one runs in ahead of the other because they are so competitive.

Even though interaction between two D’s may seem obvious, it’s still important to understand that D’s prefer results, action, and challenge.  You will serve fellow D’s best by being flexible, avoiding confrontations, and yielding leadership and control on a given task.

I hope this helps provide more insight into you OR the “D’s” 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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