We tend judge ourselves based upon our intentions, but we judge others based on their behaviors. This is quite natural since we have access to our intentions. We understand why we do what we do. Unfortunately, we are not granted permission to access the intentions of others…or are we? 

The DISC behavioral styles provides a framework for understanding our own behavior, but it also helps us to understand the behaviors of others…and even why people display the behaviors they do.  By understanding what each DISC style values, gain access to intention. 

D’s value autonomy, power, action, and candor. So when you notice their intention to work alone, seek the authority to make decisions, or directly call it like it is, don’t be surprised (or offended). 

I’s value the freedom of expression, interaction, hope, and all things that create joy.  So, it makes sense that are social and like to talk a lot, display boundless optimism, and crave adventure and fun. 

S’s value harmony, stability, safety and loyalty.  Given these values, expect S’s display behaviors that intend to minimize conflict, establish collaboration, and ensure trust and consistency in their world. 

C’s value accuracy, logic, structure, and clarity. They may ask a lot of questions, but don’t take this as a sign of mistrust.  C’s simply intend to do things right the first time and will take every possible step to ensure quality outcomes. 

By understand what drives our behaviors, we can shift from judging others to accepting and valuing them.