In part three of this series, we look at personality strengths and weaknesses. I you’re new to this series, part one, Which of the four personality types are you? introduces the four DISC personality styles. Part two, Your DISC Personality Type Super Power examines the four dominant personality styles more deeply. To fully understand this article, it is best to read those articles first. Until then, this recap of the personality types will give a brief and cursory understanding of each type. D personality types are focused and driven. The want people to cut to the chase and get to the point. I personality types love people and fun. They want to know who’s involved. S personality types focus on support and stability and the best approach to help the group succeed. C personality types are cautious and correct. They want to know the details so they can do quality work. A note about weaknesses and areas for growth, each personality type’s weakness is a strength taken to the extreme. Read more to figure out each types weakness and what to do about it.
The D personality strengths and weaknesses.
The D personality type needs challenge and control. D’s personality strengths include determination, independence and optimism. They work hard and expect others to work hard too. They are decisive and often lead well because they enjoy taking charge.
When a D personality goes out of balance
The D personality weaknesses are naturally about control. Unbalanced D’s have trouble controlling their temper. Their strong will becomes domineering, and their quick wit become cruel, sarcastic and inconsiderate. D types appear arrogant because they are self-confident. They get angry quickly but get over it just as quickly. Arguments and debate are part of life with a high D personality. They occasionally seek out conflict and enjoy it. If you know a high D person, you know they love to help when it is their idea, and they control how they help. D’s are great leaders in balance but nearly every dictator in the history of the world that was a high D personality that went terribly wrong.
The I personality strengths and weaknesses
The I type personality is friendly, compassionate and care-free. They are free spirits and the life of the party. I’s are outgoing and enthusiastic and crave recognition, praise and attention. They can infuse almost any situation with positive energy and rarely meet a stranger. As the parent of a high I type child, you might worry, that anyone could snatch your child because even at 3 years old, they can and will talk to nearly anyone. They charmingly put people at ease while staying the center of attention.
When a I personality goes out of balance
When the I personality is out of balance, they follow the crowd often into troublesome situations. They are impulsive and have difficulty with self-discipline. They are the epitome of unfulfilled potential without discipline. At their worst, I’s are undependable and talk much more than they listen. They try so hard to please everyone that they end up disappointing them and for someone who yearns for approval, that is ultimate failure. I’s make great sales people and wonderful speakers in balance. Out of balance, I types can become con artists, scammers and serial job seekers who never seem to find quite the right fit.
The S personality strengths and weaknesses
S personality types are easygoing, dependable and make good coaches because they take such a personal interest in people. They are dependable, practical and diplomatic. They are the glue of many groups because they like things to run smoothly and excel at making people feel important.
When a S personality goes out of balance
When out of balance S types become indecisive and withdrawn. They lack motivation and become spectators of life rather than participants because they wait for permission to do thing. Other personality types can easily take advantage of S types, so to avoid abuse, S types need to learn to stand up for themselves. S types make great teachers because they love to support others, but they need their parents’ and students’ appreciation to feel successful and fulfilled. The S personality excels in any helping profession that recognizes their effort.
The C personality strengths and weaknesses
The C personality strengths include their cautious, calculating correctness. Cs relish the details but can get stuck there and forget to move forward. They happily work behind the scenes making the team look good. They enjoy recognition for the valuable information they provide to the team, but will be embarrassed by public recognition. It is much better to recognize the efforts of the C types as a group for the important and critical information they provide to the team. When C types are in balance, they provide essential details to any endeavor. They make sure every I is dotted and every T is crossed.
When a C personality goes out of balance
Out of balance, C personality types become perfectionists. While they thrive on specificity they will overthink and continually improve whatever they work on without a deadline. That combined with disappointing those they love or respect makes the C personality feel like a huge failure. They work well with deadlines and specific parameters for their work. To keep stress to a minimum with this personality type, create a plan with specific deadlines and watch the C personality shine.
How it works – Our family’s example
In my family, I am an I/SD mix, my husband is an S/C mix. When we take the time to communicate, we are an unbeatable combination. When we’re off balance, nothing goes right. With our children, one mirrors his father, one his mother, although with more of the D type, and one is an interesting combination of both his parents. When my husband and I learned this information years ago, it transformed our lives. I learned my S/C husband needs time and space when we are at odds. He learned I need to move unencumbered. I learned to back off. He learned to speak up. I have the same relationship with one of my sons, but that son and my husband have a completely different relationship. They both love to be right and to debate the details of any situation. My I personality hates arguing, so after a while, I beg them to stop in the name of peace because I want everyone to be happy. They laugh because they love debating and are happy, despite how it sounds to me.
The importance of appreciating others
On the D/C task side of the circle, it helps to remember there is a human side to every situation. On the I/S people side, it helps to remember while the big picture is important, the details are too. Both task and people orientations help teams succeed in all areas of life.
On the D/I outgoing half of the behavior model, it’s easy to overlook the contributions that the reserved personality types make to a group. Reserved types often prefer to give their valuable input privately. Give them that opportunity whenever possible. If you are on the S/C reserved half of the circle, contribute your good ideas. Understand that others want to hear your ideas If you keep quiet, they run with what they know, without your valuable input. Your helpful ideas enhance success only when you express them. Seeing the value of each personality type is the highest form of respect. With that respect and collaboration comes success rather than friction, and it changes the world in the most amazing ways.
Doing more with the personality types
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