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DiSC profiles explained: D is for Dominance

D-(2).pngIf you've recently taken the DiSC® profile assessment, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having a D style means for you than what's presented here. But this can be a handy page to link to and let others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.

Note: Information here applies only to Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic assessments. Other tests using the name DISC have not been researched and validated to the depth of Wiley's DiSC products.

People with the D style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results.

A person with a D style

  • is motivated by winning, competition and success.
  • prioritizes accepting challenges, taking action and achieving immediate results.
  • is described as direct, demanding, forceful, strong willed, driven, determined, fast-paced, and self-confident.
  • may be limited by lack of concern for others, impatience and open skepticism.
  • may fear being seen as vulnerable or being taken advantage of.
  • values competency, action, concrete results, personal freedom, and challenges.


  • unique accomplishments
  • new opportunities
  • control of audience
  • independence
Will need to expend more energy to:
  • show patience
  • display sensitivity
  • get into the details
  • allow deliberation

When communicating with D-style individuals, give them the bottom line, be brief, focus your discussion narrowly, avoid making generalizations, refrain from repeating yourself, and focus on solutions rather than problems.

DiSC Classic Patterns: Developer, Results Orientated, Inspirational and Creative

Leadership styles: Commanding, Resolute, Pioneering

From our blog: Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

From our Pinterest site: DiSC D style

Interested in taking the test yourself?

Much more is available to someone who has completed a DiSC profile. Popular DiSC tests include:
    DiSC Classic 2.0
    Everything DiSC Workplace
    Everything DiSC Productive Conflict
    Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
    Everything DiSC Management
    Everything DiSC Sales

What about the other DiSC styles?