IS Personality Type

The Harmonizer in DISC

What is an IS personality type?

People with the IS (Harmonizer) personality type tend to be warm, even-tempered, accepting. Since they tend to be positive and joyful, Harmonizers are likely to seek lots of social interaction and affirmation.

Type IS Personality Traits

With a position on the far right of the DISC, Harmonizers are likely to approach the world with an open, trusting, and inviting attitude but also may shy away from interpersonal conflict in tough situations. It is likely very easy for them to give others the feeling of being understood and accepted for who they are, but also easy for them to be accommodating rather than assertive.

In summary, IS personality types tend to…

  • Adapt to situations as they are.

  • Give others a sense of belonging and acceptance.

  • Enjoy interacting with others.

  • Adjust easily to a wide range of styles.

  • Avoid initiating conflict with others.

Strengths & Blind Spots

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.

Strengths that are typically associated with the IS personality type include...

  • Optimistically evaluating the capabilities of others.

  • Communicating in an informal manner, mixing personal talk with business discussions.

  • Communicating frequently and regularly.

  • Approaching problem-solving from a personal or emotional approach

  • Using casual, friendly language with colleagues.

  • Involving people in discussions of how things will be done.

  • Considering the impact on other people when making decisions.

  • Seeking the experience and ideas of others when solving problems.

Blind spots that are typically associated with the IS personality type include…

  • Placating or appeasing people who are resisting or arguing.

  • Putting off decisions that may negatively impact someone.

  • Losing objectivity by becoming friendly and involved with others.

  • Failing to evaluate problems realistically due to optimistic expectations of people/situations.

  • Avoiding decisions that potentially involve losing approval or looking bad.

  • Displaying discomfort when communicating with hostile or aggressive people.

  • Minimizing negative feedback, leaving others unclear about the problem.

  • Correcting or re-doing work rather than confronting someone who becomes hostile.

How IS personality types like to work

Communicating with an IS personality type

Use lots of emotional expression and try to be very perceptive of how they are feeling in the moment, even if what they are saying is mostly positive.

Meeting with an IS personality type

Meetings should be done in-person when possible.

Emailing an IS personality type

Emails should be friendly, casual, and personal.

Giving feedback to an IS personality type

Feedback should be thoroughly explained and delivered with encouragement.

Resolving conflict with an IS personality type

Conflict should be approached with patience and thoughtfulness to avoid harming relationships.

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, 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.

Harmonizers tend to be motivated and energized by…

  • Collaborating regularly alongside other people instead of working in isolation.

  • Teaching, coaching, and advising other people.

  • Making yourself available for the personal and emotional needs of other people.

  • Checking in frequently to make sure people are on the same page.

  • Solving problems with diplomacy and openness.

  • Communicating in a friendly, casual tone.

  • Participating in group discussions and brainstorming sessions.

  • Understanding and explaining the human impact of a big organizational decision.

  • Asking questions from more experienced colleagues to learn how to do something.

Harmonizers tend to be drained by…

  • Directing others to follow rules and procedures.

  • Interacting with a reserved, business-like approach.

  • Monitoring and measuring results closely.

  • Developing more efficient processes.

  • Providing critical feedback to others about how they can improve their performance.

  • Correcting people and showing them how to do things the correct way.

  • Taking primary ownership over processes and timelines.

  • Completing projects on a strict timetable.

  • Navigating large, complex systems.

Best jobs for an IS personality type

Harmonizers thrive in positions where they can interact with lots of other people throughout the day and facilitate things. They are likely most comfortable in peaceful, welcoming environments that are less competitive and more collaborative.  

Common jobs for people with the IS personality type are:

  • Management Consultant

  • Executive Coach

  • Trainer

  • Teacher

  • Professor

  • Financial Advisor

  • Ministry

  • Client Services Director

  • Client Services Manager

  • Director of Partnerships

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