Although “D” type people are direct, they are not necessarily hasty. They think things through and do not dive head-in so that they can have regrets later. A “D” personality will take responsibility for their action, as they have taken the best possible course of action. Other traits include: assertive, dynamic, and efficient. Such an individual will not lose time to get to the bottom line. Highly motivated, ambitious, and bright, this person will play detective as long as it takes to solve the problem!
If competing with a “D” person, be prepared for a hell of a race! Dominant people enjoy challenges and will most certainly rise to the occasion! That means they are goal-oriented and aim high; at the same time, they are very resourceful and adaptive, so they have a reputation for being formidable opponents.
Word of advice: never deprive a “D” personality type of recognition or admiration! “D” people seek appreciation for the effort they invest in their work, both professionally and personally.
Like everybody else, they have less pretty traits, too. Being in the spotlight is something they like a lot, but unfortunately, they can ruffle other people’s feathers to get there. If in charge, they can be very critical, which is why employees see them as bossy and overwhelming. I previously mentioned that they make good detectives…as a downside, they tend to pick on any small detail that doesn’t fit the global picture, so you should triple-check everything before handing it in!
Integrity Works Coaching shows 10-15% of the population identifies with this personality type.
Are you wondering how to relate to a “D” personality type? Well, here are some pointers:
- Cut straight to the point! There’s no need for the one-hour introduction!
- Respect their need for autonomy.
- Clarify with them what the rules and expectations are
- Show that you are self-sufficient and competent
- Let them charge; they like it!
Because I wouldn’t want you wasting your time wishful-thinking, here’s what TO expect from a dominant type of person:
- they are excruciatingly blunt
- no empathy
- no sympathy
- you won’t get much social interaction
Read about all the 12 DISC personality types here.