More about the "S" (Steady) Style - Stress & Motivation

Posted by Bill Harshman on

In this series of blogs, you have learned increasingly more about the four styles of DISC (Dominant, Influence, Steady, and Conscientious).  Now that we have the basics of PACE & PRIORITY behind us, I’d like to dive a little deeper into each styles’ Stressors and Motivators.  Today’s deeper dive blog is about the “S” (Steady / Steadiness). We know that the “S” is a deliberate, moderate, more reserved PACE combined with a more people-oriented PRIORITY.  I’d also like to add some other descriptors to your understanding of the general “S” style:  even-tempered, accommodating, patient, humble, calm, peaceful, serene, and tactful.  Along those lines, “S’s” are about 1) giving support, 2) maintaining stability, and 3) enjoying collaboration.  Their motto:  “Let’s Do It Together”.

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 Steady  Style

 Think for a moment about the things that cause stress in peoples’ lives.  Different people may find different aspects of their lives (especially work) stressful.  Because the “S” style tends to focus on keeping everyone happy while being consistent at their job performance, they may find it particularly frustrating when they are forced to deal with rapid changes, especially those which may affect group harmony.

 Factors affecting the “S’s” stress can include:

  • Loss of stability
  • Widespread, rapid change
  • Erosion of group harmony
  • Bold, fast decisions
  • Being pushed to act without a mutually agreed-upon deadline

When pushed or stressed, people with the "S" style may seem soft-spoken, indecisive, unassertive, overly-trusting.

Let’s consider things that cause motivation in people’s lives.  “S’s” enjoy situations which allow them to work with others toward task completion.  They focus on cooperation, being agreeable, and developing a plan.  As such, they may relate well to the “C” who seeks detail and accuracy.  They enjoy working with others and tend to show their value by helping people. 

Factors affecting the “S’s” motivation include:

  • Stable environments
  • Sincere, somewhat discreet appreciation with a modest opportunity for social recognition
  • Group activities where the “S” style can work collaboratively
  • Opportunities to help

 When one needs to be more effective with people who have the “S” style, consider the following strategies:

  • Provide a safe environment so they feel comfortable speaking up when something is bothering them
  • Show concern for their feelings rather than just pushing for results
  • Be proactive in seeking their ideas and opinions

I hope this helps provide more insight into you OR the “S’s” in your world and provides a broader understanding as to “what makes them tick”.  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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