Effective leadership communication is critical.

It unleashes employee drive, energy, and performance.

In a Quantum Leadership Group survey of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations, communication was involved in six of the top 10 leadership competencies.

David Lewis, Training Industry1

Your DISC Leadership Style can be a tremendous asset or a tremendous liability in your leadership communication. Understanding “how” is vital to your effectiveness.

The evidence-based DISC Model can help you dig into the “how.”

The Four DISC Leadership Styles

The model is based on Four DISC Styles of Leadership Communication:

  • Dominance,
  • Influence,
  • Steadiness, and
  • Conscientious.

Each of these four styles has its strength peaks and valleys

Peaks are when our strengths are working at their best and are considered assets that promote effective communication.

Valleys are when our strengths go awry and become liabilities hindering communication.

The Strength Peaks of the Four DISC Styles

Let’s focus on the strength peaks of each of the four styles.

1. The Strength Peaks of Dominance – High “D” Style

  • Decisive
  • Directing
  • Daring
  • Assertive
  • Swift
  • Independent
  • Impactful
  • Obstacle-removing
  • Accomplishing
  • Competitive
  • Delegating
  • Results oriented
  • Monitoring
  • Change agents

2. The Strength Peaks of Influencing – High “I” Style

  • Optimistic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Influencing
  • Persuasive
  • Friendly
  • Idea generating
  • Galvanizing
  • Alliance building
  • Positive self-talking
  • Stimulating
  • Talkative
  • Communicative
  • Outgoing

3. The Strength Peaks of Steadiness – High “S” Style

  • Loyal
  • Patient
  • Peaceful
  • Serene
  • Comforting
  • Calm
  • Stable
  • Reassuring
  • Relaxed
  • Approachable
  • Warm
  • Planful
  • Steady

4. The Strength Peaks for Conscientious – High “C” Style

  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • Independent
  • Clear
  • Fact-finding
  • Organized
  • Precise
  • Outcome-oriented
  • Inquisitive
  • Resourceful
  • Careful
  • Systematic
  • Exacting

How to Identify Your DISC Leadership Strength Peaks

Completing the DISC Leadership Assessment and receiving the robust report is the most accurate way to get clear on your DISC Leadership strength peaks.

But you can use the tools provided in the DISC Styles Mini-Course, the summary above, and self-reflection to start exploring your style. 


Understanding DISC peaks and valleys can help you adapt your leadership and communication approach and build more rewarding and productive workplaces.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sylvia Melena is the Founder & CEO of Melena Consulting Group and the author of Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance.






Reference:
  1Effective Leadership Communication Creates Effective Teams,  Lewis, David. Training Industry. Accessed May 27, 2021:  https://trainingindustry.com/articles/leadership/effective-leadership-communication-creates-effective-teams/ 

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