People with the S (Supporter) personality type tend to be calm, patient and respectful in their interactions with others. Rarely angered or excited, they are likely to work to maintain a peaceful and harmonious environment.
S Personality Traits
With a position on the lower right of the DISC, Supporters are likely to demonstrate their conscientiousness by listening patiently when responding to the needs and requests of others. Respectfully considering the thoughts and feelings of others, they are likely able to respond empathetically in difficult or stressful situations.
In summary, S personality types tend to...
- Listen patiently to the needs and requests of others.
- Work considerately and cooperatively with others.
- Be uncomfortable with aggressive or hostile people.
- Avoid overly competitive situations.
- Take direction from a leader you trust.
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.
- Building trusting relationships by providing predictability and rewarding loyalty.
- Considering the impact on the stability of the group when making changes.
- Providing a calming, stabilizing presence for others in tough situations.
- Promoting the benefits of teamwork and cooperation when motivating others.
- Following up by checking back on a regular basis and being available to help.
- Responding to questions with patience and understanding.
- Asking for feedback at regular intervals.
- Being attentive to the needs and concerns of other people.
- Not being direct when communicating negative information.
- Not being forceful or assertive when necessary.
- Minimizing negative feedback, leaving others unclear about the problem.
- Correcting or re-doing work rather than confronting someone who becomes hostile.
- Displaying discomfort when communicating with hostile or aggressive people.
- Delaying decisions involving interpersonal conflict
- Displaying discomfort when managing people who actively resist close supervision.
- Having trouble detaching and being productive in emotionally charged situations.
- Make an effort to directly share feedback with others when there’s an issue that needs to be addressed
- Practice empathetic communication during times of conflict; remember that problems cannot be resolved without a mutual understanding of the issue.
- Learn to take charge of situations, when necessary; make sure people know you’re in charge by intentionally asserting yourself in the decision making process.
- When an unexpected change occurs, try making a plan on how you can adapt, which may help you reorient yourself.
How S personality types like to work
Communicating with a DISC type S
Use a calm, agreeable, warm tone and be very considerate of their feelings, asking questions to understand where they may have concerns or thoughts.
Meeting with a DISC type S
Meetings should be done in-person when possible, with a prepared agenda.
Emailing a DISC type S
Emails should be warm, sincere, and expressive.
Giving feedback to a DISC type S
Feedback should be thoughtfully explained and delivered with empathy.
Resolving conflict with a DISC type S
Conflict should be handled with caution, as it can escalate and result in hurt feelings.
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.
S personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...
- Paying 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.
S personality types tend to be drained by...
- Frequently working on a tight deadline.
- Using a forceful approach to direct and develop others.
- Making decisions quickly with limited data.
- Making decisions on behalf of other people without much group input.
- Assigning tasks with major goals, rather than detailed instruction.
- Setting up and participating in competitions.
- Being in the spotlight or the center of attention.
- Communicating with quick conversations and messages, rather than thoughtful discussion.
- Critically questioning existing practices and procedures.
Supporters tend to thrive in predictable, calm, collaborative environments. They enjoy consistent, stable work that involves engaging with others.
S personality types feel energized at work when...
- They are asked to help others with projects.
- Their boss builds a relationship with them over time.
- Their peers verbally appreciate the contributions they make to the team.
- Their direct reports value their guidance.
S personality types feel drained at work when...
- They feel like they have nothing to offer the group.
- Their boss is ungrateful for the work they do.
- Their peers reject their help.
- Their direct reports prioritize working efficiently and autonomously.
Best Jobs For DISC S types
Supporters thrive in positions where they are able to attend to the needs of others, build long-term trust, and have lots of daily interaction. They may work most effectively when they can make plans for the future and stick to them most of the time.
Common jobs for people with S personality types
- Human Resources Manager
- Human Resources Director
- Executive Assistant
- Customer Success
- Customer Support
- Physician Assistant
- Nurse Practitioner
- Dental Hygienist
Supporters can help more analytical, reserved people understand the importance of communicating effectively with others and building strong, working relationships. When working with another S-type, it is important that they openly communicate problems so they can effectively work toward a solution.
S personality types tend to work well with others who...
- Take the time to get to know them
- Have a warm and welcoming demeanor
- Avoid being overly critical or nit-picky
S personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...
- Allow small problems to grow before addressing them
- Neglect to give important feedback to others
- Take constructive criticism too personally
Supporters can be sincere, helpful partners. When in a relationship with another steady personality, they should make a conscious effort to recognize and work through disagreements.
In a romantic relationship, S personality types bring strengths like...
- Being attentive to their partner’s needs
- Working to establish deep personal connections
- Maintaining a patient, encouraging attitude
In romantic relationships, S personality types may have trouble...
- Sharing their complete, honest opinion, if contradictory to their partner’s
- Directly communicating their own needs
- Not taking feedback or judgement personally
Related Personality Types
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