I Personality Type

The Motivator in DISC

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DISC Type I

What is the I Personality Type (The Motivator)?
People with the I (Motivator) personality type tend to be enthusiastic, cheerful, and outgoing. They typically have a relaxed, casual manner when speaking or interacting with others and enjoy regularly building new relationships. 

DISC Type I Personality Traits

With a position on the top right of the DISC Map, Motivators are usually open and easy to approach. They are frequently involved with other people. Most Motivators enjoy being with others so much that they often find ways to include interactions with others as part of their daily activities. Even if they aren't asked to meet with or talk to someone else, I-types will find a way.

DISC Type I

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

  • Enjoy each interaction with others.
  • Notice people quickly and help them feel comfortable in new groups.
  • Easily build rapport, even after just having met someone.
  • Entertain others at a party.
  • Enjoy the challenge of connecting with everyone.

DISC Type I 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 I Strengths

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

  • Prioritizing relationships and personal interactions.
  • Facilitating group brainstorming to find solutions to problems.
  • Offering lots of verbal encouragement when developing others.
  • Communicating in a spontaneous, emotionally-expressive manner.
  • Quickly improvising based on intuition.
  • Using flexible schedules and open-ended approaches to time management.
  • Understanding how to motivate other people to take action.
  • Bringing energy and a sense of fun to a team.

DISC Type I Personality Weaknesses

DISC I Weaknesses

Weaknesses typically associated with the DISC type I personality include...

  • Being overly optimistic about people or situations.
  • Spending more time interacting with people than on completing tasks.
  • Having trouble following consistent, predictable routines.
  • Struggling to limit time with people.
  • Trusting gut feelings when more planning is necessary.
  • Providing insufficient structure for people who need a defined approach to work.
  • Getting distracted by multiple new ideas and failing to focus. 
  • Avoiding decisions that potentially involve losing approval or looking bad.

DISC Type I Personality Growth

DISC I Growth

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

  • Trying to plan out projects more by making lists, prioritizing ideas, and focusing on one or two at a time.
  • Making an effort to consider some of the details involved in bringing an idea to fruition.
  • Making some sort of a plan before pursuing an idea full-force, especially if others are involved.
  • Practicing patience by empathizing with others, taking a quick break when needed, and writing out instructions if you’re becoming too easily frustrated.

How DISC Type I personalities like to work

DISC I Communicating

Communicating with a DISC type I personality

Project a casual tone, use humor and personal anecdotes frequently, and describe past events with colorful language.
DISC I Meeting

Meeting with a DISC type I personality

Meetings should be done in-person when possible, without a rigid agenda.
DISC I Emailing

Emailing a DISC type I personality

Emails should be friendly, casual, and personal. Include a call-to-action that encourages immediate response.
DISC I Feedback

Giving feedback to a DISC type I personality

Feedback should be focused on the high level and delivered with encouragement.
DISC I Resolving Conflict

Resolving conflict with a DISC type I personality

Conflict should be addressed in a balanced, intentional way to avoid unnecessary or unproductive arguing.

DISC Type I 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 what activities drain them.

DISC I Motivations

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

  • Frequently interacting with a diverse group of people.
  • Participating in group discussions and brainstorming sessions.
  • Encouraging others and sharing stories.
  • Going on new adventures and pursuing abstract opportunities.
  • Considering how someone else thinks.
  • Bouncing between multiple ideas at once.
  • Leaving their schedule open and flexible for spontaneous meetings throughout the day.
  • Figuring things out as they go by thinking on their feet.
  • Explaining things with emotional, expressive language.

DISC Type I Personality Stress

DISC I Draining

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

  • Solving problems with thorough analysis of the existing data.
  • Spending a lot of time researching the root causes of a problem.
  • Creating procedures, rules, and guidelines for other people to follow.
  • Clarifying facts by asking specific questions.
  • Taking time to think through a problem before making a final decision.
  • Using writing as a primary means of communication.
  • Working on projects independently and bringing results back to a group.
  • Inspecting and maintaining high quality results.

DISC Type I Personality Careers

Motivators tend to thrive in environments where they can use their verbal skills to communicate a vision and persuade others. 

DISC I Energized

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

  • They are asked to pursue a new opportunity for the group.
  • Their boss is open-minded and accepting of their ideas.
  • Their peers make an effort to get to know them.
  • Their direct reports are creative and inspiring.
DISC I Drained

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

  • They need to spend a lot of time in isolation.
  • Their boss pushes them to be thorough and careful.
  • Their peers exclude them from events.
  • Their direct reports request formal scheduling.

Motivators thrive in positions where they can explore new ideas, discover new approaches, express creativity, and consistently connect with people. They will likely prefer work environments that are more collaborative, where they can use their verbal skills to communicate a vision and persuade others.

DISC I Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with the DISC type I personality

  • Public Relations Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Designer
  • Realtor
  • Travel agent
  • Artist
  • Musician
  • Copywriter

DISC Type I Personality Relationships (Professional)

Motivators can help those who are more stubborn or fact-focused think outside the box to find new solutions to problems. When working with other I-types, it is important for them to hold themselves accountable by limiting their amount of socializing.

DISC I Working With

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

  • Quickly build personal connections.
  • Offer creative, exciting ideas.
  • Take time to participate in group events outside of work.
DISC I Obstacles

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

  • Miss the deadline on an important project.
  • Fail to think through a decision that impacts the group.
  • Use humor to attempt to deflect attention from the seriousness of a situation.

DISC Type I Personality Relationships (Romantic)

Motivators can be idealistic, fun-loving partners. If in a relationship with another influential personality, it is important for them to work to maintain some level of commitment or consistency in their relationship.

DISC I Romantic Strengths

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

  • Passion for sharing in new adventures.
  • Desire to consistently maintain a positive attitude.
  • Recognizing and communicating their own emotions.
DISC I Romantic Weaknesses

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

  • Patiently working through problems.
  • Planning for the future with their partner.
  • Processing a tense situation logically.

Related Personality Types

Below are the Enneagram and 16-Personality types that are similar to DISC Type I. 

Enneagram Type 7

16-Personality ENFP or ESFP

You can find your DISC, Enneagram, and 16-Personality types by taking Crystal's free personality test.


DISC Type I Personality Slide Show

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