DISC Style Guide to Effective Team Building

DISC Style Guide to Effective Team Building

Knowing your own DISC personality strengths and those of your team, including what drives, motivates each of your team members, and how to collaborate best, can give a team leader some very valuable information in building and growing a productive team. By having each of your team members take a DISC Personality Profile, a team leader/manager can:

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Are each of your team members operating at their highest level of contribution? By making sure their tasks best fit their personality style and strengths, you’ll be able to increase the chances they are fully using their potential. For instance:

It’s also important to not necessarily tie promotions to traditional managerial roles, as it may encourage some personality styles to move toward an area where they are less productive simply for advancement. Here’s an example from Dan Miller, 48 Days to the Work You Love:

“Nathan was a charismatic young man fresh out of college and newly married, eager to go out and make a living for his new little family. After applying at one job after another, he finally accepted a position at a bank as a relationship banker. He quickly won the hearts of both his coworkers and clients as he got to know them all and brought some life and fun into an oftentimes somber workplace.
With his excellent leadership skills and quick thinking, within six months, he was promoted to a leadership program to get him on the fast track to management.
Coming back as a manager, he was now put in the role of managing…and firing…his peers.
He moved to a new town to open up the first branch in the area, and his days shifted from connecting with the clients to pushing his employees to meet the numbers.
Success was measured by quotas and financial statements, and he spent more time in a closed office dealing with conflicts and making sure the numbers lined up.
His people skills got him into a higher paying position…and directly moved him out of his strengths and into a role that sucked the life out of him. He was frustrated, isolated, and horribly demotivated.
What happened was he “rose to the level of his incompetence” – he was great with people in his first role, so he was promoted – and with each promotion, he was moved further from the people connection he thrived in – and thus, rose to a point where he was not living in his strengths and he got burned out.”
As a manager, armed with the DISC Personality Assessment, you can make sure that there are promotions and opportunities to grow and advance within each person’s level of competency and contribution.”

Decide what is best to delegate to others

As a manager, you need to delegate responsibility. The trick is to hold onto the tasks your personality style thrives in while delegating the tasks that don’t allow you to shine in your gifts.

  • If you are a “D,” you may have great ideas and leadership abilities, but you may need to delegate the execution to high “C” to ensure accuracy.
  • If you are a high “I,” you may be great at meeting new clients and getting the relationship started, but you may need to delegate the long-term relationship building and service to a high “S.”
  • If you are a high “S,” you may be great at serving and collaborating with others, but you may need to delegate the confrontational attributes or establishing timelines to a high “D.”
  • If you are a high “C,” you may be great at managing the statistics and ensuring accuracy, but you may want to delegate the face-to-face interactions to a high “I.”

Find ways to build a strong team connection

Each team member can function in their daily tasks, but the team has to be able to come together and connect to build true momentum and cohesiveness. By understanding the personality styles of your team members, a team leader can determine the best way to do this for each team member:

  • High “I” personality styles may need personal sharing time to feel connected to the rest of the team;
  • High “S” personality styles may bask in the opportunity to collaborate with the team (if given time to prepare);
  • High “D” personality styles may enjoy a brainstorming meeting or a goal-setting session;
  • High “C” personality styles may feel connected when given the opportunity to present the numbers to the team.

By understanding the personality style make-up of your team, you can “fill in the gaps” with new hires. If you have a team that is made up of a lot of “D” personality styles, you may want to look at hiring an “S” personality style and vice versa. If you have a lot of “C” personality styles on your team, you may want to look at hiring a “D” personality style when it comes time to add to the team. By letting each team member shine in their gifts, you will not only make the team more productive, but also make for happier team members, which often means more loyal team members and longer-term employees.

Written by: Sheila Davis

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