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How can DiSC help leaders to be more effective?


Colleagues sitting around a business table sharing ideas. Each has their DiSC style visible to help others understand their needs.

The DISC model is a personality assessment tool that measures four different behavioural styles: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). How can an understanding of DISC help leaders to be more effective? Each style has its own strengths and limitations and can influence a leader's approach in different ways.

  • Dominance (D) leaders may typically be assertive, decisive, and task oriented. They are good at setting goals, motivating others, and taking charge. However, they may sometimes be seen as aggressive or impatient.

  • Influence (I) leaders are typically outgoing, enthusiastic, and people oriented. They are comfortable at building relationships, communicating effectively, and motivating others. However, they may sometimes be perceived as superficial or lacking in focus.

  • Steadiness (S) leaders are frequently calm, patient, and supportive. They are good at building trust, resolving conflict, and maintaining stability. However, they may sometimes be seen as indecisive or lacking in ambition.

  • Conscientiousness (C) leaders are typically organised, detail-oriented, and reliable. They are good at planning, following through, and meeting deadlines. However, they may sometimes be seen as rigid or inflexible.

The best leadership approach is the one that is most effective in each given situation.


Leaders should be able to adapt their style to the needs of their team and the task at hand. For example, a D-style leader might be well-suited for a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, while an S-style leader might be better suited for a more stable, supportive environment.


It is also important for leaders to be aware of their own strengths and limitations. By understanding their own style, they can be more effective in working with others and achieving their goals.


Here are some tips for how to use DiSC styles to improve your leadership approach:

  • Understand your own style. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do you prefer to interact with others?

  • Be aware of the styles of others. How do your team members prefer to work? What motivates them?

  • Adapt your style to the situation. Don't try to be someone you're not. Be flexible and adjust your style to the needs of the team and the task at hand.

  • Be a good listener. Take the time to understand the perspectives of others.

  • Be respectful of others' styles. Don't judge others for their style.

  • Be open to feedback. Ask for feedback from your team members on how you can improve your leadership style.

By understanding DiSC styles and how they influence leadership, you can become a more effective leader.


The Everything DiSC Workplace Assessment is a universal assessment that can be taken by anyone, at any level, in any role in an organisation to improve their self-awareness and communication skills. The assessment is a valuable tool for leaders who wants to understand themselves and others better, and who want to create a more positive and productive work environment.


For those leaders who would like to learn more about their DiSC style in the specific context of leadership, then the Everything DiSC Work of Leaders assessment may be more valuable.


The Work of Leaders model is a leadership framework that divides the work of leaders into three essential activities:



A visual of the three stages of the Work of Leaders model described in the text below.
The Work of Leaders Model

  1. Crafting a vision: Leaders must be able to articulate a clear and compelling vision for the future. This vision should be aspirational, inspiring, and achievable.

  2. Building alignment: Once a vision has been created, leaders must then build alignment around it. This means getting everyone in the organisation on the same page and working towards the same goals.

  3. Championing execution: Finally, leaders must champion execution. This means providing the resources, support, and motivation that people need to turn the vision into a reality.

The Work of Leaders model is a powerful tool that can help leaders to be more effective. By focusing on these three essential activities, leaders can create a more successful and fulfilling future for themselves and their organisations.


Here are some additional details about each of the three activities:


Crafting a vision:

  • A vision is a clear and compelling picture of the future that you want to create.

  • It should be aspirational, inspiring, and achievable.

  • It should be based on your organisation's values and mission.

  • It should be something that people can rally around.

Building alignment:

  • Alignment is the process of getting everyone in your organization on the same page and working towards the same goals.

  • It requires communication, collaboration, and consensus-building.

  • It is essential for creating a cohesive and productive team.

Championing execution:

  • Execution is the process of turning the vision into a reality.

  • It requires resources, support, and motivation.

  • It is essential for achieving success.

The Work of Leaders model is a simple but powerful framework that enables DiSC to help leaders be more effective. By focusing on these three essential activities, leaders can create a more successful and fulfilling future for themselves and their organizations.


To find out more about taking any of the Everything DiSC assessments to develop your leadership capability contact our team who will be delighted to help. We can not only supply you with the assessments, but also help guide you through the implementation by way of tailored group workshops delivered by our expert Everything DiSC facilitators.


Alternatively, we can train your own internal facilitators to deliver these powerful programmes and enhance your internal learning and development capability.



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