Understanding DISC

Millions of professionals have used the DISC personality assessment to improve their relationships, build stronger teams, and communicate more effectively.

The S Personality Type

How to identify an S

Natural behavior

People with an "S" personality type are quite reserved, yet they are innately supportive, consistent, and loyal individuals. They are known for being sympathetic to others' perspectives, and for placing great value on positive interactions.

Since S's are not outgoing by nature, they will rely on their more assertive acquaintances to take control in a situation. While they may wait for someone else to initiate a relationship, they are very dependable for maintaining relationships once they have been established. That being said, their circles of friends are typically small, but tight-knit.


S's are calm, collected people who choose their words carefully. They are patient and kind in their responses, and are quite thoughtful in all that they do. In addition, they exhibit gentleness and openness to new people and new surroundings, though they will need some time to adapt.

Communicating with an S

In person or on the phone

  • Speak with a calm, welcoming tone.
  • Build trust and warmth before the main point of the conversation.
  • Ask questions and give them time to respond.
  • Avoid being overly blunt.

In writing

  • Use a formal greeting and formatting.
  • Elaborate on your feelings and reasons for doing something.
  • Avoid casual language and abbreviations.
  • Point out common connections and interests.

Working with an S


An "S" personality is motivated by patience and a peaceful environment. They want to feel supported and offered a sense of stability from those around them. S's have a sincere concern for the well-being of others, and seek to do what is best for everyone. This is typically achieved through planning ahead, so as ensure circumstances go unchanged.

As a leader

S's thrive when it comes to maintaining structure, routine, and harmony. As leaders, they encourage loyalty and happiness for every member of the team. They are persistent in the approach they take with their work, demonstrating a great amount of restraint and dedication in moving steadily forward.

Once they start working on a task, they will be fully concentrated and see it through until it is completed. In these situations, a distraction of any kind is very unfortunate. The interruption can be demotivating for the S, as they struggle to find stability in the midst of the chaos or confusion.

Under stress

S's are likely to keep quiet under stress, choosing not to speak up even when it might seem necessary. They are over-accommodating, as well, looking towards the interests of others long before their own.