Behavioral Styles: The DISC Platinum Rule

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There are four behavioral styles associated with the DISC Platinum Rule assessment. These four styles are the Dominance style, Interactive style, Steadiness style and Cautious style. These four behavioral styles have various strengths and weaknesses associated with them. Sub styles are also associated with each of the four major behavioral styles. In order for a group to work efficiently, the team must understand the different types of behavioral styles and understand how the different team members relate to one another. This team has two interactive members, two dominant members, and one cautious member. The challenge is appreciating and understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses and using them to our advantage when producing quality work.

Dominance (Style D)The dominance style is one in which the primary goal is that of accomplishing larger goals. Individuals with dominant style personalities are highly focused, charged, and want to take control. "Dominance Styles are driven by two governing needs: to control and achieve" (Disc Profiles Online, 2003).

Out of five team members, team A has two dominant style individuals. These two dominant styles compare to two interactive styles on one cautious style. While each has an important role to play in its own right, the dominant styles tend to come out as the leaders of the group. Looking at their strengths of high energy and leadership, along with a weakness of poor listener, a comparison of how the dominant styles relate to the other team members will be the focus.

High energy is a main characteristic of a dominant style in a group setting. These individuals want to keep things moving at all times and do not want the process to slow down. When you compare this to the systematic style of the cautious individual or the persuading tactics used by the interactive...