I just did my DISC profile and it gave me D-49%, I-9%,S-50% and C-80% (ps does this relate to 5-1-5-8 in the format people put in their sigs?)
Now I answered really as honestly as I could but while I agree on the D (as I am dominant as hell when I must be, but roll it back whenit's not needed) and the C part (formerly in a regulated technical role) i just don't understand the very low I.
Without going into depth, my job basically has me, without ANY organisational hierarchy or staffing, getting 300 or so people at my location, to behave as they should during certain events at the location.
I would suggest that most people didn't actually want to behave how I want them to (and get them to) with the enthusiasm and passion they show. So I'm pretty confident my I score should be higher.
I was told by an independant person the other week that they dont understand how I get people to do pretty much as I want them too without any actual authority over them.
The previous guy in my job couldn't do it, but I just seem to be able to. I'm not sure whether it's because I'm likeable (I don't think I am especially likeable-I'm certainly not a social butterfly or suchlike) or whether it's because I listen and sympathise and try to help people get a compromise while still achieving my goals - i.e. I give out small victories where necessary as long as they don't scupper my personal big victories (is this really influencing or just a glorified kind of dog-training?).
I figure this is what I is all about? So why the low score?
The test results for the 'internal' part (ie what I really think) were very similar to the 'external' (ie how I outwardly behave). I'm not sure the test questions enabled me to reflect the fact that the I is [b]very very[/b] different for me between what I naturally am, and how I behave because I know I NEED to enhance the I for my current role.
What I'm concerned about is do I ignore the I result? Or am I trying to fool myself here? I'm looking to move into a role with a number of directs and want to use my DISC profile to help me workwith them. I'd hate to mess things up because I don't believe my disc when it's true!