I have received positive feedback on the DISC related tips and suggestions I’ve been positing, and so I’ll keep this series going by looking at the different behaviour preferences attitudes towards stress.
Every life is stress filled. Different behaviour styles react to stress in different ways, and even become stressed from different situations. It may not come as a complete surprise, but once you understand the reasons, you’ll be able to make it through, and assist others cope with the ups and downs, daily stressors and anxious moments of day-to-day life that much better.
Here are a few common stressful situations or circumstances and how the styles cope:
A loss of control is stressful to D styles; non-stressful to I’s
Taking orders is also stressful to D’s; but non-stressful to S’s
Slow deliberation is stressful for both D and I personality styles; but is non-stressful to S’s and C’s… while the roles are reversed for no deliberation.
Not being liked is stressful to I’s; non-stressful to D and C personalities
Precision and detail are stressful to I’s; non-stressful to C’s
Public speaking is stressful to S’s and C’s; non-stressful to I’s
Here are a few helpful hints for each personality style and how you can respond to stress to reduce its negative impact:
For D Styles, take a step back, slow down and reevaluate priorities. Think about the big picture and what you want to achieve in the end before responding.
For I Styles, focus on the problem, assume responsibility and be accountable for a solution.
For S Styles, move faster, share what you’re feeling and thinking, and make decisions. Resist the urge to simply avoid conflict.
For C Styles, use available data to make a decision, use positive self-talk, and resist the urge to drag feet and nitpick to avoid being wrong.
Now you know that DISC is applicable not only to your personality but also the way you manage stress. Having an insight of how you will respond to stress, and how you can improve that response can help you become a healthier and happier person and a more effective manager-in-the-middle.