Interaction between Styles: i (Influence) 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” styles with which you are dealing.  In today’s blog, we look someone with the primary style of i interacting with an individual whose primary style is S.

influence with steady

As an i (Influence) style, you thrive on Enthusiasm, Action, and Collaboration.  To you, others with the S (Steady) style may appear:

  • Supportive
  • Patient
  • Accommodating
  • Even-tempered
  • Humble
  • Tactful

The S is motivated by opportunities to provide support, maintain an orderly environment, and collaborate.  They most likely prefer working in an environment where they are well-liked and can perform their job consistently.  NOTE:  When it comes to PACE and PRIORITY, the S has a reserved, more deliberate PACE dissimilar to that of the i.  (This difference may require what I call a little "stretching" (flex, adapt) from either or both parties.)  The i will probably admire the S’s ability to collaborate.  The S has a people-oriented and accepting PRIORITY which is similar to the i.    

As an i style, suppose you work with an S style.  That person seems calm and compliant, and is always patient and eager to help.  As an i style, you make bold decisions and you may find the S to be overly cautious.  The S style is more concerned with including everyone and less interested than is the i with recognition.

 HUMOR:  An i with a S on a Road Trip

The i gets in the car and says, “I’m looking forward to our adventure.  We’ll have a chance to chat and get to know each other better.  I sooooo want to hear about your cats.  Oh wait, I forgot my keys.”

The S gets in the car and says, “I’m so glad you invited me.  I’m excited to see the route you’ve planned for our trip. No rush on my part.  I love speed limits.  Just let me know if you’d like some help driving or if you need something to drink or eat from the ice chest.  And, we should probably stop for gas when we get down to half tank . . . just to be safe.” 

The i thinks quietly . . . “I can’t wait to stop for lunch.  Oh, I should have checked the map AND the gas before we started.  No problem.  This will be fun.” 

As an i style, I hope this humorous scenario helps provide more insight into your style AND/OR the S styles in your world and provides a broader understanding as to “what makes for a 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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