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How does DISC EmpowerTM behavioural profiling work?

How does DISC EmpowerTM Profiling work?

DISC behavioural profiling helps identify how a person behaves by identifying their primary behaviour style (often referred to as their "personality profile"):

  • D = Dominance,
  • I = Influence,
  • S = Steadiness and
  • C = Compliance

Why are these styles important?

By further studying the results, we can learn more about how a person behaves at work, how they like to communicate, how they operate under stress, and what motivates them.

  • D = Dominance — How a person responds to problems and challenges.
  • I = Influence — How a person influences other people to his or her point of view.
  • S = Steadiness — How a person responds to the pace of the environment.
  • C = Compliance — How a person responds to rules and policies set by others.

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Here is the behavioural profiling process:


The person completes an online assessment, selecting from groups of statements which one is the best description of them, and which statement is least like them.


We analyse their selections using the DISC EmpowerTM profiling software. This grades the person in two main behavioural areas:

  • A) Introversion vs. Extraversion
  • B) Results focus vs. People focus

Everyone is somewhere along these two axes… below is a sample for “Fred”:

Introversion vs. Extraversion

Results focus vs. People focus

We then transfer these results onto a grid:

By overlaying the famous DISC EmpowerTM grid, we can see that Fred’s primary behaviour style is a “D” (ie “Dominant”):

Should DISC EmpowerTM be the sole decider for recruitment, role allocation, etc?

No; DISC EmpowerTM is profiling behaviour. This is how the person behaves in the four key areas in the workplace, being:

  • How they deal with PROBLEMS
  • How they deal with other PEOPLE
  • The PACE that they work at
  • Their compliance with POLICY and rules
  • Other factors that would come into play would include:

  • Intelligence (IQ) – your ability to think and reason
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – “Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them,” says Howard Gardner, the influential Harvard theorist.
  • Physical ability – can you physically do the tasks required of the role?

If you have any questions about evaluating your team, or recruiting the right people for positions in your company, please contact the team at DISC EmpowerTM today!

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