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DISC Personality Assessment

Personality Assessments – DISC 


Organisations are made up of individuals, each of whom is unique. Gender, age, experience, skills, aptitudes, upbringing and so on. They each have strengths, limitations, motivational needs and have their own individual preference as to how they wish to be treated.


Seek to understand and be understood


If we can understand ourselves more, then we can enhance the way that we interact with those around us.

The DISC Personality Assessment helps us to decode the language of behaviour, the way we interact with one another and within groups.  What does DISC mean? It is an acronym made up of the first letter of each of the main personality traits.


  • D    = Dominance
  • I      = Influence
  • S    = Steadiness
  • C    = Compliance.


In less than 20 minutes the assessment provides an accurate insight into how you behave at work, answering questions such as: what are your strengths and limitations? How do you communicate? What motivates you? How can you enhance your value in the work place?


DISC – what it means  –  have a look at how it works here.


How does it work?


Research has shown that behavioural characteristics can be grouped together in four major areas called personality styles or traits. People with similar personality profiles tend to exhibit specific behavioural characteristics common to that profile.

Knowing who you are, what motivates you and almost as important, what demotivates you, is the foundation of a successful and fulfilled life. It means you can play to your strengths and work around your limitations.

Once you know how you would like to be treated, it gets even better.  Once you have a full grasp of your own self-image, you can then start to discern how others might think, act and feel.

After years of research we have concluded that the best determinant of personality traits or styles is the DISC personality assessment.


What do I need to do?


It is a simple online personality test comprising 28 questions. It takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

Our DISC personality assessment gives you the means to motivate, stimulate and encourage people in your organisation by raising people’s self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence.


What are the benefits of assessing personality or temperament?


Here are the key benefits:

  • Makes a good team great by building mutual understanding
  • Increases motivation as each person is treated uniquely
  • Improves communication and trust
  • Becomes a powerful force for change
  • Turns around underperforming teams
  • Enhances personal and team courage – breaks down the blame culture


Does it show ‘good’ and ‘bad’ qualities?


No. It provides an understanding of how a person prefers to behave at work and the characteristics they will demonstrate. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers or ‘good’ or ‘bad’ qualities.


If you want to know more about how the Business CoPilot DISC Personality Assessment can help you or your team call us now on 0117 317 8147 or email me at robh@businesscopilot.co.uk. If you wish to purchase an assessment, the cost is £133.50 plus VAT.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”

Executive development and coachingThis quote is attributed to Socrates by Plato (according to Wikipedia). Socrates made this point as part of a wider discourse on the need to “converse about virtue” daily. In essence, to think, reflect and discuss life in the context of purpose and meaning.

There are many other similar quotes that illuminate the need for purpose and direction to make life relevant to oneself and those around you. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

And this from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,”Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

We find this state of mind is prevalent in many of the people we meet who decide not to take up coaching or mentoring support. Not all; some people have a very clear flight plan and stick to it, never blown off course by the buffeting storms that inhabit the business world today.

For many though, they are tossed like a cork in the sea. Blown where the wind blows them, a hostage to events that are actually controllable if they had a direction to head in.

Our view is that every person, and every organisation should have a guiding vision, a sense of direction, a place to aim for. To achieve this they need to examine themselves thoroughly. To be ruthless and kind, harsh yet gentle, external and internal. To look through the cockpit window and say to themselves – this is where I am heading, no matter what.

I will end with another quote attributed to Socrates, as he seems to be able to sum it up better than I ever could:

“In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.”

In business, we suggest you aspire to excellence through purpose. You might even find some pleasure in it.