DISC Test: What Is the D/C or Challenger Personality Type?

DISC Test:  What Is the D/C or Challenger Personality Type?

What is the DISC test?

The DISC test is a self-administered, self-scoring personality assessment of how a person responds in predictable ways to time, tasks, and other situations at home and at work.

Technically, the DISC test it is not a ‘test’ because you won’t pass or fail when writing it.  There are no right or wrong answers, and there is no bad or good score.  Everyone is a mix of all four personality dimensions, and each mix is equally valuable.

While the DISC test provides insight into a person’s interaction with their environment, there are things that it does not measure.  Some of these include a person’s:

  • Intelligence
  • Morality/character
  • Levels of ambition or motivation
  • Self-esteem or lack of it

What are the origins of the DISC test?

Personality testing is not a new concept.  The word ‘personality’ itself comes from the Latin word ‘persona’ which referred to the masks worn by stage actors in Greek theatre.  These masks helped the audience identify which character played the tragic figure, which was the hero (or heroine), which was there for comic effect, and which was the antagonist.

The first recorded use of four quadrants of personality comes from Empedocles in the 5th century BC.  Hippocrates in the 4th century BC believed that the four personality characteristics came from four fluids within our bodies.  Galen (2nd century AD) first came up with the terms choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic and sanguine to describe the four dimensions of human personality.

1928 was the year when William Marston published his landmark book “Emotions of Normal People.”  Marston was a lawyer and a psychologist; he also contributed to the first polygraph test, authored self-help books, and even created the character “Wonder Woman!”

Industrial psychologist Walter Clark developed these ideas into the first DISC profile in 1956. Clark created the ‘Activity Vector Analysis,’ a checklist of adjectives on which he asked people to indicate descriptions that were accurate about themselves.  The assessment was intended to be used by employers trying to find qualified employees.

What does DISC stand for?

In 1928, William Marston would label the four personality types:

  • D: Dominant
  • I: Influential
  • S: Steady
  • C: Compliant

Based on administering personality assessments to approximately 10,000 people over a 25-year span, gettingpeopleright.com updated these four categories to:

  • D: Dominant
  • I: Inspiring
  • S: Steady
  • C: Conscientious

These categories have been updated to better reflect Marston’s original theory and are also more in step with modern culture.  Few people today wish to self-identify as ‘compliant’ for instance.  Nor is the ‘S’ personality type necessarily steady in all circumstances.

An overview of the DC personality type

Your unique genius:  You take on big challenges and shoot for perfection!

Brief description: Challengers are direct, straightforward, high-energy, analytical, and results-oriented.  They are laser focused on bottom line results.  Challengers prioritize accuracy.  They prefer to work independently.  They are driven and give every project all they are worth, every time. Their main desire is to accomplish goals and produce high quality results.

Strengths:

  • Aggressive
  • Cautious
  • Achieving
  • Committed to results
  • Quality control
  • Dynamic
  • Driven

Challenges:

  • Skeptical
  • Too results-focused
  • Can appear aloof
  • Impatient with others

Judges others by: Their competence, their commitment to the task, and whether or not they achieve agreed on targets

Motivated by: Achieving high quality results that lead to bigger things for them and the organization

Under pressure: Become overly critical, and may become moody or depressed if they are blocked from achieving their goals to their own high-quality standards

Fears: They fear not being able to achieve their goals to high standards

Possible work fits: CEO, Entrepreneur, Financial controller, team leader, solopreneur

To increase effectiveness:

  • Become more considerate of others
  • Learn to verbalize feelings
  • Smile more
  • Learn to be a better communicator
  • Take time to relax and do something other than work

How is the DISC personality test used?

The DISC personality test is used for a variety of purposes including:

  • Learning how to communicate better with others
  • Understanding the motivations of others
  • Hiring the right person for the right job
  • Coaching people to recognize their natural areas of strength and weakness
  • Self-reflection and personal growth

Summary of the DISC Test

In summary, the DISC tool is a reliable, simple way to:

  • enhance communication on your team
  • increase your knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses
  • learn the strengths and weaknesses of those around you
  • understand the motivations of yourself and others
  • improve success in hiring and promotion
  • dramatically increase your effectiveness working with people

The DISC tool is simple, easy to use, and highly effective.  Complete it here for free:

https://gettingpeopleright.com/disc-personalities-assessment/

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