In the second article, The Four Behavioral Styles: Strengths, we gave an overview of the four different DISC behavioral styles. The DISC styles are Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientious. There is no “best” style. Each style has its unique strengths and opportunities for continuing improvement and growth. This article will discuss the weakness of each of the four behavioral styles.
THE FOUR BEHAVIORAL STYLES – WEAKNESSES
1: Dominance – High “D” Style
Less positive Dominant Style components include stubbornness, impatience, and toughness. Naturally preferring to take control of others, they may have a low tolerance for the feelings, attitudes, and “inadequacies” of co-workers, subordinates, friends, families, and romantic interests.
2: Influence – High “I” Style
Their natural weaknesses are too much involvement, impatience, being alone, and short attention spans. This causes them to become easily bored. When a little data comes in, Interactive Styles tend to make sweeping generalizations. They may not check everything out, assuming someone else will do it or procrastinating because redoing something just isn’t exciting enough. When Interactive Styles feel they don’t have enough stimulation and involvement, they get bored and look for something new again… and again… and again. When taken to an extreme, their behaviors can be seen as superficial, haphazard, erratic, and overly emotional.
3: Steadiness – High “S” Style
Steady Styles have their own type of unique difficulties with speaking up, seeming to go along with others or conditions, while inwardly, they may or may not agree. More assertive types might take advantage of this Steady Style tendency to give in and avoid confrontation. Additionally, Steady Styles’ reluctance to express themselves can result in hurt feelings. But if they don’t explain their feelings, others may never know. Their lack of assertiveness can take a toll on this type’s health and well-being.
4: Conscientious – High “C” Style
Their tendency toward perfectionism, taken to an extreme, can result in “paralysis by over analysis”. These overly cautious traits may result in worry that the process isn’t progressing right, which further promotes their tendency to behave in a more critical, detached way.
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