There are five distinct communication styles which you’ll see in the workplace.
The theory of communications styles presented above comes from the DISC Profile Assessment I use when working with my clients. To see a sample of this assessment, click here to contact me.
Based on the descriptions above, can you tell what type you are? How do your strengths help you in your professional life? How can you use your knowledge of your type—and the types of others—to help you become a more effective networker (or Netweaver, if you read that article) and build connections that support your goals?
Often, when we dislike a job, it’s because that job is not suited to our particular communication style. For example, a Creator may feel stifled in a field like accounting, which requires attention to detail and adherence to established guidelines, while a Refiner might shine in the same position. On the other hand, the Creator may be much more comfortable in a field like venture capitalism, which requires “big” thinking and risk-taking. If you’re unhappy in your current position, ask yourself if what you’re doing is suited to your communication style. If not, ask yourself how you can modify your job structure so that it suits your style. If you’re looking for a new job, focus on fields and positions that play to your strengths.
A diversity of communication styles gives any team a winning edge, since everyone can utilize their strengths to move the project forward. If you’re interested in having your team assessed, or in learning more about your personal communication style, you can click here