The Behavioural Style assessment, commonly referred to as the DISC assessment, analytically identifies observable behaviours of individuals. Although the assessment is crucial in determining how and why people act certain ways, determining the behavioural style of a person is only the tip of the iceberg. Combining the behavioural style assessment with other assessments, such as motivational style, thinking style (HVP), emotional style (EIQ) and learning style, enables us to understanding the entire person. In this analogy, these assessments compose the rest of the iceberg only visible below the water’s surface; meaning they are unobservable in individuals, and must be identified through data analysis.
To truly impact personal development and improve performance, it is imperative that you are assessed on all five styles. Each style assesses a different behavioural and cognitive measure which is a complex method in nature, but simple to understand and implement changes that create lasting improvements.
The behavioural assessment measures observable behaviour and emotion. Your behaviour style may be one, or a combination of the following.
- Dominant: Individuals who possess the dominant behavioural style tend be direct and guarded.
- Influential: Influential individuals tend to be direct, yet open, attempting to lead through influencing others.
- Steadiness: People who are characterised by the steadiness behavioural style tend to be indirect and open.
- Conscientious: Individuals possessing the conscientious behavioural style tend to be indirect and guarded.
The motivational assessment measure the values that drive our behaviour and emotions. The motivations are measured upon seven dimensions:
- Aesthetic: A drive for balance and harmony.
- Economic: A drive for economic or practical returns.
- Individualistic: A drive to stand out as independent and unique.
- Political: A drive to be in control or have influence.
- Altruistic: A drive for humanitarian efforts or to help others altruistically.
- Regulatory: A drive to establish order, routine and structure.
- Theoretical: A drive for knowledge, learning and understanding.
The thinking style assessment, commonly known as Hartman Value Profile, measures your thinking pattern. The three core dimensions that the thinking style assessment measures include:
- People (Intuitive Thinking): Measured by assessing Empathy and Self Esteem.
- Task (Practical Thinking): Measured by assessing Practical Judgment andRole Awareness.
- Systems (Conceptual Thinking): Measured using Systems Judgment and Self Direction.
The emotional style assessment aids in increasing emotional intelligence by providing insight into four different areas:
- Self-Recognition: Measures the ability to recognise and understand your own emotions.
- Self-Management: Identifies how well you are able to manage your own emotions, whilst providing recommendations for improvements.
- Social Recognition: Measures your ability to recognise, understand and empathise with other people’s emotions.
- Social Management: Identifies your ability to manage other people’s emotions through coaching, mentoring and relationship building. Additionally, recommendations for improvements are also provided.
The learning style assessment aids an individual in understanding their relative preferences as they learn and how to appropriately manage their transfer process in the future. It measures the learning styles of most situations by scoring your learning ability across four categories:
- Attending: Identifies a person’s motivation to learn in the first place and their levels of commitment or concentration they tend to give when new information is presented to them.
- Translating: Identifies who a person relies on for the transfer of learning and makes sense of what they see, hear or sense.
- Relating: Examines an individual’s perception of data or information and how it is related to their existing knowledge.
- Understanding: Looks at an individual’s preferences for synthesizing data or information that they receive.