Different Behavioral Styles


There are several acronyms and terms to describe the four main behavioral styles that many people refer to to understand one another. A popular acronym developed by John Geier is DISC, which stands for Directive, Interactive, Supportive, Corrective. These four styles categorize behavior in order to help people understand how to communicate and work together with one another. All behavior styles have strengths and weaknesses.


  • People who fall under the directive behavior type are strong direct people who like to take a leadership role in everything they do. They are usually strongly goal oriented, focusing on the end product of every project they participate in. They tend to be competitive, yet driven, and love to be challenged. They do well in a team where they can take control and plan to meet the goal first and best.


  • The interactive behavior type is made up of "people" persons. These workers are interested in communications and enthusiasm. They are involved in influencing a mood or decision by a group or individual thanks to their outgoing nature. They are usually on the optimistic side, offering a positive outlook that makes others want to be around them. This can also make you less focused on detail, and less able to get smaller tasks done. A person with this behavior style would be good at motivating the whole team to work hard on the tasks necessary to reach the big picture idea, though.


  • This behavior style includes the most trustworthy and dependable team members. These people are often more introverted than the first two styles, but also are focused on building strong relationships with individuals within the team. You can always count on a person with a supportive behavior style to get things done, as well as understand the difficulties that another team member may have. They will be good at mediation without getting too hot-headed or personally affected by the issues.


  • These are the perfectionists. They want to produce the best quality work they can and focus less on timing and quantity. These people will be difficult to argue with, since they will be meticulous about finding out the truly correct information relating to the topic in question. They can be very useful team members when it comes to taking care of the small details and tasks properly, although they may not be the first to the finish line with a project.

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