9370757429_066f5724ffHave you ever wondered if there’s a key to managing different people, when you seem to find some volunteers much easier to deal with than others.

Personality profiling can provide valuable insights and information to help you as a manager. There are a variety of profiles available, and this article will look at DISC, a widely used and easy to understand profiling system.

DISC is based on the extent to which you are people or task focused, and the extent to which you are outgoing, or reserved. There are four basic styles, and within that there are variations, depending on your particular balance.

The four basic styles are: D (dominance), I (influence), S (steadiness) and C (conscientiousness).

Dominance. People with this style will tend to be directive, results-focused and fast paced. The primary concern is with task, and this is an outgoing style. D’s like to get things done- results are important.

Influence. People with this style will tend to be enthusiastic, outgoing, empathic and encouraging. This is a people oriented, outgoing style. I’s like novelty and enjoy attention from others – collaboration is important.

Steadiness. People with this style will tend to be calm, focused, reliable, empathic and enjoy supporting and working with others. It is a people oriented, reserved style. S’s like harmony, connection and making steady progress.

Conscientiousness. People with this style will tend to be detail-focused, risk-averse and good at analyzing information and thinking logically and systematically. These people are usually happy to work alone, it is a task oriented, reserved style. C’s like to get things right, accuracy is important.

Your DISC profile can help you to understand your natural strengths and challenges as a manager.

It can also help you to think about how you can bring out the best in volunteers with a range of styles. What approaches and styles can you use that will work best for volunteers with different DISC profiles? There are many practical applications. For example, it can help you review the way you give instructions, offer feedback, and provide recognition and reward. One size doesn’t fit all. You may find that you current approaches are very effective with some people but less so with others. DISC can help you identify why that might be, and how you can change it.

If you would like to discover more about your own DISC management profile, you can take a DISC assessment through us, with a follow up coaching session included. Please get in touch to find out more.

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