The DISC Assessment Tool

THE TEST! Before proceeding, first download the DISC test from here, then use the results to determine your personality components and patterns.

What your score says about you.

# Dominance Influence Steadiness Conscientiousness
Extreme HIGH 48 48 48 48
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Strong 40 40 40 40
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Midline 30 30 30 30
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Weak 20 20 20 20
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Extreme LOW 12 12 12 12
Measures How a persn solves problems and responds to challenges. How a person attempts to influence or persuade others. The pace at which a person undertakes activities and responsibilities. How a person responds to rules and regulations set by others.
The higher the score The more active and agressive in trying to overcome problems and obstacles; person will anger more quickly. The more verbal and persuasive in trying to influence towards his/her way of thinking; person will be more joyful and optimistic. The person prefers to start, complete one project at a time - also more resistant to change; person will be less emotional, more difficult to read. The person will comply to rules set by others; person will be motivated more out of fear.
The lower the score The greater the tendency to gather data prior to making a decision; person will be slower to anger. The person will use data and facts and be more pessimistic. The person will will want a faster pace and change; more emotional expressive. The person will challenge rules and seek independence; fearless.
Emotion measured Anger Optimism Lack of emotion Fear
General characteristics Direct, decisive
High ego strenghth
Risk-taker, self-starter
Challenges the status quo
Trusting & Optimistic
Ecouraging & Persuasive
Talkative & Impulsive
Emotional, Sense of Humor
Good listener
Possessive, Steady
Understanding, Friendly
Reliable, dependable
Patient, empathetic
Accurate, analytical
Careful, conscientious
Fact-finder, precise
High standards, systematic
Possible weaknesses Oversteps authority
Dislikes routine
Attemps too much at once
Poor listener
Inattentive to detail
More concerned with popularity than results
Overuses gestures
Listens when convenient
Resists change
Adapts slowly to change
Holds a grudge
Oversensitive, critical
Difficulty prioritizing
Stingy, stubborn
Bogged down in details
Won't verbalize feelings
Gives in, won't argue
Bound to procedures
Needs clear boundaries
Moody, negative
Greatest fear Being taken advantage of Rejection Loss of security Criticism
Temperament Choleric Sanguine Phlegmatic Melancholy
Orientation tendencies Task

Your DISC Personality Pattern

OBJECTIVE! Using your DISC results identify your personality pattern from the table bellow!

Determining your DISC personality pattern

  • Identify your DISC values over 30
  • Order those values from highest to lowest
  • Look for that sequence in the table bellow


  • Steve’s DISC score are D=20, I=42, S=34, C=24. “I” and “S”are over 30.
  • He orders them and he gets the pattern “IS”
  • His pattern matches “Advisor/Merciful/Counselor”.

Sequences and Subtraits Personality Patterns


Friendliness, Self-confidence, Patience, Persistance

RELATER: Advisor/Merciful/Counselor

Warm, sympathetic, understanding; good listener, stable, dependable; won't force ideas on others; criticism of his/her work a personal affront; can't overuse the indirect approach; goal is maintaining friendships; fears social rejection.


Friendliness, Patience, Cooperativeness

SUPPORTER: Advocate/Peacemaker/Agent

Can be very detail-oriented; moderate, thorough, dependable; steady, sociable, independent, individualistic; tends to support the underdog; goal is acceptance from others; fears dissension, conflict.


Friendliness, Enthusiasm, Cooperativeness, Sensitivity

PROMOTER/ANALYZER: Assesor/Teacher/Appraiser

Outgoing, at home with strangers, develops friends easily; promotes projects of others and his/her own; seeks freedom from control; goal is approval, popularity; fears loss of social recognition.


Efficiency, Independence, Thoughtfulness, Persistence, Accuracy

CONDUCTOR/COORDINATOR: Attainer/Achiever/Perseveres

Objective, analytical, determined, task-oriented; independent, questioning, practical; may appear blunt and non-demonstrative; goal is personal accomplishment (sometimes at expense of the group); fears those with different or inferior work standards.


Self-motivation, Independence, Enthusiasm, Self-confidence

PERSUADER: Concluder/Doer/Gets results

Forceful, direct, individualistic; can be impatient, competitive; good leadership abilities; high standards, critical when standards not met; goal is dominance and independence; fears slowness or being seen as too jovial.


Friendliness, Enthusiasm, Self- confidence

PROMOTER: Convincer/Persuader/Promoter

Enthusiastic, optimistic, articulate in communication; can become careless, inconsistent and disorganized, but tries to look good and please others; goal is social approval and prestige; fears loss of social approval, conflict.


Efficiency, Self-motivation, Accuracy, Sensitivity, Thoughtfulness

IMPLEMENTOR/CONDUCTOR: Designer/Administrator/Creator

Sensitive to problems, creative in finding solutions; high in foresight, often quite intelligent; can overuse bluntness and criticism; bored with routine, prefers working alone, doesn’t trust easily; goal is dominance, discovering unique solutions; fears not being influential.


Efficiency, Self-motivation, Independence

CONDUCTOR: Establisher/Visionary/Developer

High ego strength, high standards; approaches issues alone rather than drawing others into the process; can be manipulative, controlling; has vision of “big picture”; very direct, forceful; goal is new challenges, opportunities; fears loss of control, lack of challenge.


Self-motivation, Independence, Enthusiasm, Self-confidence

PERSUADER: Influencer/Implementer/Inspires

High energy, optimistic, aggressive, confident; goal-minded, harnesses people to accomplish goals; can be impatient, having little time for details; loses interest once challenge is gone; goal is control of environment; fears losing, failing, loss of prestige.


Efficiency, Thoughtfulness, Accuracy

COORDINATOR/SUPPORTER: Inquirer/Investigator/Consistent

Patient, controlled, enjoys digging for clues and facts; easy-going and amiable; consistent, loyal, accommodating; slow to take initiative, doesn’t adapt quickly to change; holds grudges, internalizes conflict; goal is maintaining clear systems; fears change, disorganization.


Cooperativeness, Accuracy, Sensitivity

ANALYZER: Logical Thinker/Analytical/Objective

Practical, proper, discrete, accurate; self-evaluating, critical of self and others; enjoys detail and logic; makes decisions slowly from logic rather than emotion; can over-analyze, be hurt easily; goal is to develop control, correctness; fears criticism, ridicule.


Friendliness, Patience, Cooperativeness

COORDINATOR/ANALYZER: Practitioner/Realist/Steadfast

Results-oriented, verbally fluent, loyal; friendly, enthusiastic, informal, talkative; may worry too much about what others think; can intellectualize and become restless and impatient; goal is to accomplish results through others; fears rejection, loss of security.


Patience, Thoughtfulness, Co- operativeness, Accuracy

COORDINATOR: Precisionist/Traditionalist/Perfectionist

Orderly, systematic, precise, attentive to detail; tactful, highly diplomatic, extremely conscientious; can become bogged down in details, dislikes sudden changes; prefer protected, secure environment; goal is security; fears antagonism.


Self-motivation, Independence, Enthusiasm, Self-confidence

PERSUADER: Prompter/Communicator/Persuader

Outgoing, high interest in people, trusting; can gain respect and admiration from varied types of individuals; can be impulsive, overly enthusiastic, inattentive to the “little things”; prefers variety; goal is authority and prestige; fears rejection, being taken advantage of.


Patience, Thoughtfulness, Persistence

SUPPORTER: Technician/Specialist/Steady

Patient, loyal, consistent, helpful to friends; steady, calculating, reserved; not bored by routine; needs clear guidelines and rules; avoids confrontation, internalizes feelings; goal is maintaining status quo and an environment with few changes; fears loss of security, unplanned change.

All scores around 30

(None clearly higher than others)

Transition/Stress pattern

Lack of goal clarity; insufficient action planning, confusion, uncertainty, anxiety about expectations; behavior alternates between furious activity to slow, methodical action; can be brought on by periods of change—new job, new home, bad health, etc. Person will make quick decisions and then try to gain approval from others.

DISC Subtraits

OBJECTIVE! Using your DISC results identify your Sub-traits to know more about your strengths and weaknesses.

One way of understanding the relationships between factors in a profile is through ‘sub-traits’. There are twelve of these, one for each possible pair of factors. For example, if a particular individual has a high Dominance score and a low Steadiness score, we can say that they are ‘Self-motivated’, and further interpret their profile in light of this.

Refers to individuals for whom getting things just right is the main goal. This sub-trait is also sometimes referred to as ‘Caution’. These types hate to make mistakes – they check and recheck their work, and are prone to correct errors in other people, whether or not they have been asked to do so. This need for certainty means that they will never take a risk unless absolutely necessary. They are also cautious in communication, rarely revealing more about themselves than a bare minimum.

Applies to individuals who prefer to work in a team environment. This is the classic ‘rule-oriented’ sub-trait, relating to a person who needs to be absolutely sure of their position and prefers to use established regulations and procedures as a framework to support their ideas. Cooperative people are so called because this aspect of their personal style extends to the need for practical support from managers, colleagues, and friends, and so they seek to maintain positive working relationships with others.

Describes a person primarily motivated by results. Efficiency appears in a DISC profile when Dominance is significantly higher than Influence. An efficient individual is direct and assertive but has little or no interest in personal matters. They take an objective, analytical view and drive towards their goals ruthlessly and relentlessly. They need to see results and are quite willing to compromise quality or detail to get them.

Relates to animated, expressive behavior. This is an outgoing and extrovert sub-trait that has much in common with Friendlyness, but with the added dimension of energy and pace. This animated style shows their interest in a topic very strongly, and their effusive nature can act as a motivating factor for others. The nature of Enthusiasm tends to vary according to the relative level of the Dominance score in the profile. Where Dominance is low, an individual will tend to confine their expressive style to situations where they feel comfortable and accepted – they will rarely make direct criticism or enter arguments, and are concerned about others opinions of them. Where the DominanceEnthusiasc type is much less concerned about causing offence. Where this type of profile is concerned, the outgoing and expressive style remains, but is bolstered by a more assertive approach.

It’s essentially a social sub-trait, people who are open and warm to others. Friendly people love to talk – communication is the strongest element of this style. They are outgoing and extroverted, but they find it far from easy to concentrate on mundane tasks and are easily distracted from such work by the opportunity for social interaction. Friendly individuals typically display a confident style, especially in circumstances where they feel comfortable and accepted. Despite this confidence, though, they are not particularly assertive – their low level of Dominance makes it difficult for them to be effective in pressurized or confrontational situations.

Is used to describe self-reliant individuals who follow their own goals. Independence appears in a DISC profile when Dominance is significantly higher than Compliance. This type of person feels frustrated by rules and regulations – they prefer to follow their own ideas, and often work alone or in positions of isolated authority. This sub-trait is common, for example, in entrepreneurial styles. Independence is a highly competitive and determined sub-trait. Those who possess it in their behavioral styles are dynamic and direct. The precise way that it will appear in a person’s behavior can often be dependent on the Influence and Steadiness scores in their profile.

Calm and unobtrusive types. This style of person has little sense of urgency and a slow pace, which means that they are able to work in situations that others would find repetitive or dull. They are submissive in style and ready to accept that there are some things they cannot change. Patient individuals tend to have an open and optimistic attitude, especially to other people. They are not competitive in style and prefer to avoid situations where they may come into conflict with others. This leads to a rather trusting approach; they like to develop warm and friendly relations with those around them, and will not usually look for ulterior motives. 

Dogged, tenacious behavior. Persistent people deal particularly badly with change. Once they have become established in a status quo, they find it very difficult to break out of this and adapt to a new situation. This means that they will do what they can to maintain their current state of affairs, showing great loyalty and resilience in defense of their present environment and social circle. Behavioral styles that exhibit Persistence tend to work at their best when they can focus on a single task. People of this kind don’t easily shift their attention from one thing to another; it will often take them time to adjust. Nonetheless, once they are embarked on a particular course of action, they can be relied upon to carry it through to the end.

Describes social confidence. Self-confident profiles represent people who rarely experience self-doubt, and feel at ease in almost any social situation. They mix easily with strangers and are unafraid to initiate social contact. They can at times become over-confident, leading them to act impulsively. Self-confidence is a largely social sub-trait – its effects are most directly seen where a person is in a social situation or interacting with others on a personal level. It does not equate to assertiveness – self-confident individuals may also be assertive, but equally, they may not. This depends to a great extent on the position of the Dominance factor in the profile

Relates to self-starting, ‘go-getting’ styles. Self-motivation appears in a DISC profile where Dominance is higher than Steadiness. Action is a key ingredient of this sub-trait. This type of person feels a need to be active all the time and is impatient with those who are unwilling or unable to keep up with their urgent pace. They react quickly to new developments, but never lose sight of their own goals and ambitions. Self-motivation is very common in highly Dominant profiles: it reflects the self-reliant elements of that factor. Such individuals are capable of accepting personal responsibility for their action and indeed are often eager to do so. Profiles of this kind reflect individuals who can deal with confrontation and pressure as part of their daily lives.

People of this kind are extremely aware of their environment and changes taking place within it, to the extent that they often notice subtle points that other people miss or ignore. In itself, this is a positive factor, but it does have the consequence that they have a very low boredom threshold and are very easily distracted. The precise nature of Sensitivity will vary somewhat depending on the position of the Influence factor within the profile.

Is used to describe individuals who think their actions through carefully. Thoughtful individuals plan their words and actions carefully and never act on impulse. Deadlines and other time constraints are difficult for this type of person to deal with. Their advantage, however, is the reliability and steadiness they bring to their work. As a sub-trait, the term thoughtfulness refers specifically to the fact that individuals with this element in their profile tend to think, plan and consider more than most other types. In common use, ‘thoughtfulness’ also often indicates someone who is considerate or takes other people’s feelings into account. Though this isn’t part of the ‘technical’ definition of the sub-trait, people with high Steadiness in their profile often display such considerate traits in their styles.

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