Behavioural Styles within a Team
There was D I S C (The four behavioural types) walk into a boardroom. The D speaks first. “Here’s my plan…
The I says, “Hey! Who died and left you, boss?”
The C says, “You know there seems to be more here than meets the eye. We might want to consider some other relevant issues and break into sub-committees to explore them.”
The S smiles and says, “We may not get this done if we don’t work as a team like we have before.”
What if Four of, walk into a boardroom…
If you think that I’m stacking the deck, consider putting all four of one behavioral type into the room to make those decisions. They’d get the job done, wouldn’t they?
What do you call it when you send four D’s into the same room? War!
Or the four C’s? Paralysis by analysis!
And four S’s? Nothing! They sit around smiling at each other: “You go first.” “No, why don’t you go first. By the way, how’s the family?”
When four I’s walk out, try asking them if they’ve gotten the job done. “Get what done?” They’ve had a party and instead come out with 10 new jokes and stories.
I may be exaggerating to make a point, but in some cases, not by much. D’s tend to have the assertiveness and leadership initiative to get tasks started. They may then delegate to others for follow-through, enabling the D’s to start still other new projects that interest them more.
C’s typically are motivated by their planning and organisational tendencies. If we want a task done precisely, find a C. Of the four types, they’re the most motivated to be correct – the quality control experts.
S’s have persistence, people-to-people strengths – patience, follow-through, and responsiveness. When we have a problem, we may choose to go to a sympathetic-appearing Steady Relater because he or she listens, empathises, and reacts to our feelings.
I’s are natural entertainers who thrive on involvement with people. They also love to start things, but often do not finish them. In fact, they may pick up three balls; throw them in the air, and yell, “Catch!” Emotional, enthusiastic, optimistic, and friendly, Socializers usually pep up an otherwise dull environment.