S Personality Type

The Supporter in DISC

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DISC Type S

What is the S Personality Type (The Supporter)?
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.

DISC Type S Personality Traits

With a position on the lower right of the DISC, Supporters are likely to demonstrate conscientiousness through 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.

DISC Type S

In summary, DISC type S personalities 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.

DISC Type S 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 S Strengths

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

  • 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.

DISC Type S Personality Weaknessess

DISC S Weaknessess

Weaknessess typically associated with the DISC type S personality include...

  • Not being direct when communicating negative information.
  • Being to passive when assertiveness is necessary
  • Avoiding confrontation and not giving feedback to others who may need it.
  • Delaying decisions involving interpersonal conflict

DISC Type S Personality Growth

DISC S Growth

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

  • 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 DISC Type S personalities like to work

DISC S Communicating

Communicating with a DISC type S personality

Use a calm, agreeable, warm tone and be very considerate of their feelings, asking questions to understand where they may have concerns or thoughts.
DISC S Meeting

Meeting with a DISC type S personality

Meetings should have a prepared agenda and be done in person.
DISC S Emailing

Emailing a DISC type S personality

Emails should be warm, sincere, and expressive.
DISC S Feedback

Giving feedback to a DISC type S personality

Feedback should be thoughtfully explained and delivered with empathy.
DISC S Resolving Conflict

Resolving conflict with a DISC type S personality

Conflict should be handled with caution, as it can escalate and result in hurt feelings.

DISC Type S 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 S Motivations

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

  • 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.
  • Listening to questions from other people and responding thoughtfully.

DISC Type S Personality Stress

DISC S Draining

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

  • Frequently working on a tight deadline.
  • Making decisions on behalf of other people without much group input.
  • Assigning tasks with major goals, rather than detailed instruction.
  • Engaging in competition with others.
  • Being in the spotlight or the center of attention.

DISC Type S Personality Careers

Supporters tend to thrive in predictable, calm, collaborative environments. They enjoy consistent, stable work that involves engaging with others.

DISC S Energized

DISC Type 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.
DISC S Drained

DISC Type 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.

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.

DISC S Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with the DISC type S personality

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Executive Assistant
  • Customer Success
  • Customer Support
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pediatrician
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Dental Hygienist

DISC Type S Personality Relationships (Professional)

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.

DISC S Working With

DISC Type 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
DISC S Obstacles

DISC Type 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

DISC Type S Personality Relationships (Romantic)

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.

DISC S Romantic Strengths

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

  • Being attentive to their partner’s needs
  • Working to establish deep personal connections
  • Maintaining a patient, encouraging attitude
DISC S Romantic Weaknessess

In romantic relationships, DISC type 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

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

Enneagram Type 2 or 9

16-Personality ISFJ, ESFJ, ESFP, or ISFP

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