People with the Di (Driver) personality type are typically assertive, capable of putting themselves forward boldly, and resistant to influence from others. Convincing others to work toward their goals, they may be seen as decisive, forceful, and persuasive.
Di Personality Traits
With a position on the upper top left of the DISC, Drivers are likely to take charge of things, setting the pace for others. They are usually skilled negotiators and persuasive when they want to convince others to adopt their viewpoint.
In summary, Di personality types tend to...
- Be eager to take charge of things.
- Resist influence from others.
- Be vocal about opinions and ideas.
- Be resourceful, strong-willed, and self-reliant in pursuing goals.
- Enjoy lively debate.
Strengths and Blindspots
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.
- Being quick, independent and firm when making decisions.
- Using goal-oriented approach to assigning work, omitting unnecessary details.
- Taking action with limited information.
- Being comfortable with responsibility and ownership over results.
- Focusing on results and realistic expectations.
- Working efficiently with constant improvement in performance.
- Using verbal inspiration to direct others.
- Effectively delegating responsibility to detailed tasks.
- Displaying impatience when providing detailed instruction.
- Working with a sense of urgency that may cause others unnecessary stress.
- Winning people over, even when they have a more logical argument.
- Over-delegating the responsibility to follow through on details.
- Trying to maintain too much control over results.
- Providing insufficient structure for people who need a defined approach to work.
- Reacting aggressively when others try to limit authority or autonomy.
- Pursuing too many new ideas or opportunities at once.
How Di personality types like to work
Communicating with a DISC type Di
Be confident, assertive, and straightforward in conversation, keeping in mind that they may only retain the most important parts.
Meeting with a DISC type Di
Meetings should be spontaneous, to the point, and not last a very long time.
Emailing a DISC type Di
Emails should be short, to the point, and very little detail.
Giving feedback to a DISC type Di
Feedback should be direct, actionable, and focused on the most important points.
Resolving conflict with a DISC type Di
Conflict is essential to improvement, as long as it is actionable and objective.
Motivators and Stressors
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.
Di personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...
- Presenting ideas and strategies to groups of people.
- Directing and motivating others to improve their performance.
- Looking for new opportunities without much guidance.
- Communicating with quick conversations and messages, only when necessary.
- Setting up and participating in competitions.
- Making decisions on behalf of other people.
- Completing ambitious projects on a tight deadline.
- Taking primary responsibility and ownership over large projects.
- Spending lots of time digging into the root causes of a problem.
Di personality types tend to be drained by...
- Listening to questions from other people and responding thoughtfully.
- Playing a supporting role on the team and staying out of the spotlight.
- Building long-term trust and loyalty with consistent, predictable behavior.
- Promoting teamwork and cooperation between parties.
- Providing detailed analysis and reports.
- Establishing consistent daily routines.
- Organizing and clarifying information for other people.
- Presenting and analyzing all aspects of an important decision.
- Taking time to understand how people are feeling about a recent change.
Drivers tend to thrive in environments where they can produce immediate results and make tangible progress. They enjoy the process of leading and managing others.
Di personality types feel energized at work when...
- They are asked to lead the group on a project.
- Their boss keeps meetings short.
- Their peers participate in occasional, energetic debate.
- Their direct reports work quickly to accomplish goals.
Di personality types feel drained at work when...
- They are asked to spend a lot of time getting to know a client to build trust.
- Their boss expects them to follow strict procedures.
- Their peers move at a slow, careful pace.
- Their direct reports require consistent, patient direction.
Best Jobs For DISC Di types
Drivers are constantly seeking new opportunities for advancement. They will likely do well with competition and are most satisfied with a high degree of control and authority over their work.
Common jobs for people with Di personality types
- Sales Representative
- Account Executive
- Director of Talent Acquisition
- Chief Executive Officer
- Business Executive
- Sales Director
- Product Manager
When Drivers work alongside people who are more analytical and meticulous, they can help encourage new thinking and faster decision making. If they work with another D-type, it would be valuable for them to discuss ways to balance power.
Di personality types tend to work well with others who...
- Are open to new ways of thinking
- Directly communicate their opinions, ideas, and frustrations.
- Allow them to take charge of a project or situation
Di personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...
- Disregard traditional rules, routines, or policies.
- Make a logical decision that negatively affects a coworker
- Fail to consider others’ sensitivities when giving feedback
Drivers can be responsible, assertive partners. When in a relationship with another dominant personality, they should work together to establish a system of shared power.
In a romantic relationship, Di personality types bring strengths like...
- Sharing potential solutions for solving problems
- Openly communicating their perspective
- Innate desire to work through issues
In romantic relationships, Di personality types may have trouble...
- Connecting emotionally with their partner
- Sharing the decision-making power
- Regularly checking in with their partner
Related Personality Types
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