D Personality Type

The Captain in DISC

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DISC Type D

What is the D Personality Type (The Captain)?
People with the D (Captain) personality type tend to be assertive, intense, and ambitious. They are usually pragmatic, results-oriented executors who work quickly and make decisions with firmness and objectivity. With a position on the top left of the DISC, Captains prefer more independence and may be drained when others expect them to be more collaborative. They also may prefer to be in control over a situation, rather than in position to react to others.
DISC Type D Personality Traits

Captains tend to be very individualistic and determined. People with this personality type are likely to be self-reliant, resourceful, and self-sufficient in pursuing their daily activities.

They prefer dealing with people in a direct, straightforward manner and are likely to appreciate others engaging them with similar candor. Because Captains tend to be quite comfortable with conflict, they may initiate competitive interactions and would benefit from realizing that their desire to win may be stronger than their sensitivity to the needs of others.

DISC Type D

In summary, DISC type D personalities tend to...

  • Be resourceful, strong-willed, and self-reliant in pursuing goals.
  • Enjoy engaging others in competitive situations.
  • Place high expectations on performance from yourself and others.
  • Enjoy lively debate.
  • Resists influence from others.

DISC Type D Personality Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

DISC D Strengths

Strengths typically associated with the DISC type D personality include...

  • Communicating directly, using facts and informal language.
  • Focusing on results and realistic expectations.
  • Being quick, independent and firm when making decisions.
  • Using goal-oriented approach to assigning work, omitting unnecessary details.
  • Operating with a sense of urgency.
  • Motivating others by creating competitive challenges.
  • Directing others in an impersonal manner with clarity and precision.
  • Being comfortable with responsibility and ownership over results.

DISC Type D Personality Weaknessess
DISC D Weaknessess

Weaknessess typically associated with the DISC type D personality include...

  • Failing to involve others in problem-solving due to desire for an immediate solution.
  • Omitting too many details for the sake of brevity.
  • Displaying impatience when providing detailed instruction.
  • Having the urge to criticize others who do not share a sense of urgency.
  • Maintaining control by delegating responsibility but not authority.
  • Directing others so forcefully that they don't ask questions or discuss potential problems.
  • Reacting aggressively when others try to limit authority or autonomy.
  • Working with such a sense of urgency that it may cause others unnecessary stress.

DISC Type D Personality Growth
DISC D Growth

Growth opportunities typically associated with the DISC type D personality include...

  • Practice letting go of the little things and avoid rushing others when it’s not absolutely necessary.
  • Talk to other people to gain insight on details you might be overlooking.
  • Try phasing-in big changes or giving people a notice before they’re implemented.
  • Make an effort to spend one-on-one time with people who need it.
How DISC Type D personalities like to work
DISC D Communicating

Communicating with a DISC type D personality

Conversation should be direct and straightforward, using a confident and assertive tone.

DISC D Meeting

Meeting with a DISC type D personality

Meetings should be very brief, to the points, and only scheduled when necessary.

DISC D Emailing

Emailing a DISC type D personality

Emails should be brief, business-like, and get right to the point.

DISC D Feedback

Giving feedback to a DISC type D personality

Feedback should be direct, actionable, and focused on the most important points.

DISC D Resolving Conflict

Resolving conflict with a DISC type D personality

Conflict is essential to improvement, as long as it is actionable and objective.


DISC Type D Personality Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

DISC D Motivations

DISC Type D personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Completing ambitious projects on a tight deadline.
  • Taking primary responsibility and ownership over large projects.
  • Making decisions quickly with limited data.
  • Making decisions on behalf of other people.
  • Uses goal-oriented approach to assigning work, omitting unnecessary details.
  • Setting up and participating in competitions.
  • Seeing tangible, measurable results, milestones, and accomplishments.
  • Providing goal-focused direction to others without needing to provide detailed instructions.
  • Communicating with quick conversations and messages, only when necessary.

DISC Type D Personality Stress
DISC D Draining

DISC Type D personality types tend to be drained by...

  • Paying close attention to the needs and concerns of other people.
  • Asking for feedback regularly.
  • Playing a supporting role on the team and staying out of the spotlight.
  • Responding to difficult situations with empathy and compassion.
  • Promoting teamwork and cooperation between parties.
  • Following up and checking in with other people when they are dealing with a challenge.
  • Taking time to understand how people are feeling about a recent change.
  • Listening to questions from other people and responding thoughtfully.
  • Building long-term trust and loyalty with consistent, predictable behavior.

DISC Type D Personality Careers

Captains tend to thrive in a fast-paced environment that allows them to act quickly and achieve set goals. They enjoy working with other motivated people who allow them to take charge or work independently.

DISC D Energized

DISC Type D personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to make a quick decision on behalf of the team.
  • Their boss gives them a great deal of responsibility.
  • Their peers participate in healthy competition.
  • Their direct reports work efficiently.
DISC D Drained

DISC Type D personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have very little control over their assignments.
  • Their boss disregards their input.
  • Their peers take a long time to work through tasks.
  • Their direct reports need a lot of guidance.
DISC Type D Personality Jobs

Captains tend to gravitate toward positions of authority. They can be huge sources of motivation and they set an aggressive pace meant to achieve results as efficiently as possible.

They can also be relentlessly competitive, with themselves and with others. Asking a Captain to do anything they perceive as tedious or mundane will likely result in them either ignoring the request or delegating it to someone else.

DISC D Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with the DISC type D personality

  • President
  • CEO
  • Executive
  • Founder
  • Entrepreneur
  • Lawyer
  • Operations manager
  • Policeman or policewoman
  • Director

DISC Type D Personality Relationships (Professional)

When Captains work alongside people who are relaxed and thoughtful, they can help move the team move forward by driving productivity. If they work with another Captain, it’s important that they find a way to accept a balance of power.

DISC D Working With

DISC Type D personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Think through situations logically
  • Communicate in a direct, blunt way
  • Enjoy following direction
DISC D Obstacles

DISC Type D personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Become upset after failing to accomplish a team goal
  • Feel their authority is challenged
  • Address more sensitive people in a frank, straightforward way

DISC Type D Personality Relationships (Romantic)

Captains can be honest, dedicated partners. When in a relationship with another assertive personality, it’s important that they work together to establish a more balanced dynamic. 

DISC D Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, the DISC type D personality brings strengths like...

  • Ability to make difficult decisions
  • Encouraging their partner to maintain healthy independence
  • Naturally open, direct communicators
DISC D Romantic Weaknessess

In romantic relationships, DISC type D personality types may have trouble...

 

  • Being emotionally vulnerable with their partner
  • Offering frequent verbal encouragement
  • Recognizing when to let go of a small issues

 


Related Personality Types

Below are the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs types that are similar to DISC Type D.

Enneagram Type 1, 3, or 8

Myers-Briggs INTJ, ENTJ,  or ESTJ

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