Building teams using DISC can bring many benefits. It ensures that everyone is in the right place and can make full use of his or her qualities. You will also gain insight into group dynamics, allowing you to understand each other better. Read all the characteristics, qualities and development points per DISC behavioural style that emerge in a team.
Working together in a team with similar behavioural styles
Perhaps another question beforehand. Wouldn’t it be better to build a team with like-minded people? So a team with people that have only yellow or green DISC styles? The answer is obvious. Within such teams, one is likely to agree quickly. However, the question is: how effective is one? We believe in complementary teams, in which all DISC styles are represented. In this type of team, behavioural traits that are lacking in one person can be complemented by another. The trick is to focus everyone on what he or she is good at and energises. Each DISC style can contribute to a strong team. And each style will do so in his or her own way. Because each style can contribute to the team.
Conformism – Blue behaviour
Conformism measures the extent to which a person conforms to rules and guidelines established by others.
- Pursues the most qualitative solution
- Thoroughly analyses issues or situations in advance
- Tackles problems thoroughly and systematically
- Uses methods that have proven to be successful
- Works accurately and checks carefully what he or she delivers
- Avoids mistakes and will eliminate risks as much as possible
- Acts diplomatically and tactfully
- Monitors progress and maintains an overview
Dominant – Red behaviour
Dominance measures how a person responds to problems and challenges.
- Goes for challenges and sets ambitious goals
- Sets changes in motion
- Approaches problems and solves them
- Keeps the team focused on the goal
- Doesn’t procrastinate and does it now
- Dares to stick his or her neck out and take risks
- Acts quickly and directly
- Enjoys multiple tasks and activities simultaneously
Stability – Green behaviour
Stability measures how a person reacts to changes and tempo changes and how easily a person adapts to them.
- Has genuine consideration for everyone in the team
- Enjoys working with others in the team
- Carries out what others in the team have come up with
- Works relentlessly until something is finished
- Enjoys working for others
- Reassures others who are at a loss for words
- Makes an effort to create a stable setting
- Maintains harmony in the team
Influence – Yellow behaviour
Influence measures how a person influences and convinces others of his or her views or ideas.
- Comes up with creative and unconventional ideas
- Knows how to communicate his or her story enthusiastically
- Knows how to convince others to contribute
- Creates a positive and fun atmosphere
- Ensures that successes are celebrated together
- Looks on the bright side of problems
- Facing challenges with optimism
- Thinks in solutions, not in problems
Want to know more about what exactly DISC analysis measures and what the behavioural styles entail? Read a detailed explanation here.
A team with like-minded people
What behaviour would you see if you put together a team containing only ‘like-minded’ people? So a team consisting, for example, people with only red, yellow, green, or blue styles.
A blue team:
- Acts in a planned way
- Works from clear rules and guidelines
- Strives for quality
- Works accurately and carefully
- Does thorough preliminary research and analyses the situation in advance
- Can one be supercritical
- One becomes indecisive; after all, more analysis is always possible
- Does one not dare to take risks
- One is very sensitive to criticism from others
- Get bogged down in details
A red team:
- Focuses on goals and results
- Is decisive and takes decisions quickly
- Is not easily discouraged by setbacks
- Pulls out all the stops to achieve the goal
- Has a sense of urgency
- Can appear blunt and tactless
- Conflicts will arise due to cockiness
- Will everyone want to work for themselves
- Wants to win at all costs
- The task comes before the individual
A yellow team:
- Will be creative and resourceful
- Knows a positive atmosphere and is optimistic
- Is energetic and prefers to do many things at once
- Thinks in possibilities; not in problems
- Has a great sense of humour and likes to party
- Is not always realistic
- Is there a lot of talking and not always a lot done
- Lacking structure and planning
- Is not always objective and lacks factual foundation
- Lacks a clear focus
A green team:
- Is patient and committed
- Is eager to help others
- Knows a harmonious atmosphere
- Will put the needs of others first
- Is loyal to their client
- Does one find it difficult to change
- Finds it difficult to make decisions
- Does one avoid conflicts
- Finds it difficult to deal with uncertainty
- Is one not very flexible as a team
The effectiveness of a like-minded team
The question is whether such teams will be effective. Many studies show that effective teams consist of people who complement each other. So when putting together a team, take into account the behavioural styles that are already present and see which styles are underrepresented. Precisely these styles can be complementary, which will help you move forward as a team.
Creating a team
What are the goals to be achieved together, what behaviour does this require from the team? To see what is potentially present within the DISC team, start from the basic style and not the response style. The base style indicates what natural behaviour is there. By making a team profile of the basic styles present, you gain insight into what is already present and who can contribute to the team goals from his or her basic style. You also gain insight into the missing styles and which type you could add to the team.
Of course, looking only at someone’s DISC style would be too short-sighted, as other aspects are also important, such as knowledge, experience and education. But when the hard criteria are met, it certainly pays to look precisely at the missing behavioural styles in the team.
Building a team with the DISC analysis
Curious about your basic and response style or want to see if your employees are in the right place? Then a DISC analysis is the first step! Do you want to get started with DISC analysis right away? Sign up for a free account!