If you’re following this series about personality types you probably identified your personality type. If not, start with Which of the four personality types are you? Then move onto Your DISC Personality Type Super Power and finally What are your personality strengths and weaknesses? to give a full overview of the DISC personality and behavior model. As you learn about the personality types, you understand whether you are reserved or outgoing, task or people oriented. You also learn whether you are decisive, inspired, stable or cautious. Best of all, you learn to appreciate your best qualities along with other personality types’ best qualities. That helps people communicate and get along with other personality types, especially those that are different theirs. You realize each personality type has super powers. You also realize each is the best personality type for some things and the worst for others.
Opposites attract until they conflict
The idea that opposites attract works for more than magnets. People often notice and admire opposite personality traits in others, especially when they are in balance. Reserved people admire outgoing people’s ability to shine in front of a crowd. Outgoing people admire the steadiness of reserved people. Task oriented people admire the how people oriented folks handle social situations. People oriented folks marvel at the amount of work task oriented accomplish. It all goes very well until there is conflict. At that point reserved people see outgoing people as overbearing, and outgoing people see reserved people as rigid. Task oriented people see people oriented people as lazy, and people oriented people see task people as mean. This happens in classrooms, families and corporate boardrooms. At that point, no one is the best personality type for anything.
Is the best personality type exactly like yours?
What happens when you meet someone like you? If you are both in balance, you initially agree on nearly everything. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, people never meet someone with exactly the same personality type and the same life experience. Because of that they always have something to learn from others, even when that person shares the same personality traits. In balance, outgoing types enjoy being social with one another. Reserved types enjoy solitude and sitting with other reserved people in comfortable silence. Task oriented people work together to create massive progress. People oriented people motivate and inspire one another. Out of balance, outgoing types compete, reserved types become uncommunicative, task oriented people get mired in the details, and people oriented people get nothing accomplished. That can halt a project, ruin a company and destroy a family.
Acknowledging each personality type exactly as it is
As parents, spouses, co-workers and leaders, this information is invaluable. It helps explain how and why conflict exists but provides solutions to understanding and better communication. Knowing the principles of the DISC system empowers people to get along with others in ways they never dreamed they could and empowers teams and organizations to produce more than ever before. DISC fosters a deeper level of understanding why people do what they do. They take things less personally because they see that people act according to their personality, not because they want to deliberately cause a problem. Learning to understand and appreciate each personality type for the value they bring to the world helps everyone become more peaceful and empowered. .
Which personality type is best for which job?
The D type personality is outgoing and task oriented. Need a difficult job done quickly with minimal supervision? The D type is the best personality to embrace that challenge. They attack whatever job you give them and finish quickly. The I type personality is outgoing and people oriented. Need someone welcoming and friendly? The I personality is the best personality type to welcome people and bring the fun. Just make sure they have someone to keep them on task. The S type is reserved and people oriented. Need to show someone how important they are to your group? The S personality is the best personality type for this because they go out of their way to support and celebrate others. The C personality type is reserved and task oriented. Need a detailed job accomplished? This is your best personality type, but be sure to give them a deadline.
What to do next to learn more about all personality types
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