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This month I was at the Kentucky School Counselor Conference in Lexington, Kentucky (shout out to all the GREAT counselors that I met there), where I taught a session on understanding personality style and working in your strengths. One of the advantages of training counselors in DISC personality is the enthusiasm that they bring to the session. DISC training adds an innovative and creative tool to the counselor toolbox.
Not familiar with DISC personality training? Here are the basics:
The Four Basic Personality Styles
According to the DISC personality program, there are four basic personality styles. We are all blends of these. Here are the characteristics of each.:
D: dominant, determined, decisive
I: interactive, inspiring, influential
S: stable, sweet, supportive
C: competent, cautious, conscientious
Why DISC works
There are several reasons why the DISC is a good fit for anyone working with children. Here are some of the reasons that as a certified DISC trainer, I love sharing this with counselors, educators and parents.
- DISC is a great tool because it is easy to understand. This means that counselors can quickly learn the basic four personality styles and share them with parents, students and educators on their team. Unlike some personality assessments that take the equivalent of a college degree to understand, DISC can be taught in a quick one time session.
- DISC is a great tool because it is practical and immediately applicable. Most participants in my sessions not only quickly understand how it works but they begin sharing insights about themselves and other participants while we are still in the session. They also gain insight into interactions with coworkers, family members and friends.
- DISC is a great tool because it transforms relationships. When you learn the personality styles, you don’t just understand yourself better, you also begin to understand and celebrate all the other personality styles around you. It helps you encourage leadership traits (which show up differently for the different styles) and you learn how to motivate each different style by working in their unique strengths and interests.
If you aren’t familiar with DISC personality assessment, I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity. Similar to the growth mindset work that Carol Dweck has done, DISC encourages an openness to learning from failure as well as success. It celebrates our differences and encourages us to focus on and develop our strengths.
Interested in learning more about your personality style? You can take an online assessment on this website. I’ll even do an interpretation for you to help you make sense of the information. Check out the sidebar on wyatthewonderdog.com for more information.
Want to learn how understanding personality can transform your perspective and relationships? Check out these additional articles on DISC and children:
Parenting with Heart: Understanding your Child’s Personality Style
Do you sometimes feel that your children are speaking a different language? Do you wonder how to motivate and inspire them? In this ebook you will D-I-S-Cover your own personality style and how to speak the language of other personality styles to create a winning environment in all the seasons of your family’s life. Click on the link below to purchase the ebook: Parenting with Heart: Understanding Personality Style
Teaching with Heart: Understanding Personality Style
Do you sometimes feel that students at your school are speaking a different language? Do you wonder how to motivate and inspire them? In this ebook you will D-I-S-Cover your own personality style and learn to work in the strengths of each personality by recognizing the secret fuel and environmental needs for each. Understanding the personality styles of students can revolutionize how you interact and lead in the classroom!
Click on the link below to purchase the ebook:
Interested in having a DISC training come to your school? Get more information here: