This month in my project and team management class we are discussing the different types of personality traits. One of the main behavior assessment tools we used is the DiSC theory by psychologist Willian Moulton Marston, he also invented the lie detector.
The DiSC theory centers on four different behavioral traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, and compliance. We learned that dominance people tend to be very direct, result-oriented, firm, strong-willed, and forceful. Influence people tend to be very outgoing, enthusiastic, optimistic, high-spirited, and lively. Conscientiousness people tend to be very analytical, reserved, precise, private, and systematic. While steadiness people tend to be very even-tempered, accommodating, patient, humble, and tactful.
One of the things that I learned while studying the DiSC theory is that I have an even amount of all four of the different personality traits, and I can apply it to my future work as a project manager by being able to adapt to what works best with each one of my team members.
You can apply what I’ve learned to your own career by doing team building exercise and ice-breaker games to help sort out what type of personality traits each one of your team members has, to help come up with a more efficient workflow. Just remember that there are two main dangers that you need to watch out for while studying personality traits. One of them being that you start judging someone one by the trait that you identify them as having; and secondly, you also start to chance the way you act base off of how you identify yourself.