Knowing yourself is defined as having a clear perception of your personality and work style, including your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions and is the first step to becoming more effective to working with others.
There are many personality instruments that make it easy for people to understand who they are and how they work better, but we believe the DiSC assessment is the best for career development, talent redeployment, and outplacement. Unlike assessments such as the Myers-Briggs, StrengthFinder, and the Birkman, DiSC is really useful in helping people make informed career decisions as well as helps people identify and develop areas of weakness that hold them back from attaining their next career move. This assessment provides a wealth of information about their workplace priorities and preferences. In addition, people learn how to better connect with colleagues whose priorities and preferences differ from theirs. Below is a basic diagram of the DiSC workplace dimensions.
Knowing yourself and the DiSC profile allow you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the workplace. Learning about other people’s personality styles can help you understand their priorities and how they may differ from your own.
Knowing yourself and the DiSC profile allows you to build on and harness your behavioral strengths and develop workplace behaviors that cause you stress. The most successful people today typically have a strong self awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and possess strong emotional intelligence of others.
Think about the DiSC dimensions and how you fit based on your own self assessment. Also think about your manager and coworkers and where they fall in the DiSC dimensions and begin to think about how your awareness of their style will allow you to be more effective in working with those individuals. This will take knowing yourself to the next level.