The Counselor in DISC
People with the Si (Counselor) personality type tend to be even-tempered and accepting. Empathetic and supportive, they may seek to help others frequently and sincerely.
With a position on the far top right of the DISC, Counselors are likely to show caring and understanding when listening to others. Their considerate and accepting responses create a warm atmosphere which encourages others to express their feelings without any fear of embarrassment or rejection.
In summary, Si personality types tend to…
Express caring and understanding towards other people.
Help and support other people in their goals.
Adapt to situations as they are.
Avoid initiating conflict with others.
Adjust easily to a wide range of styles.
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 Si personality type include...
Involving people in discussions of how things will be done.
Considering the impact on the stability of the group when making changes.
Promoting the benefits of teamwork and cooperation when motivating others.
Optimistically evaluating the capabilities of others.
Providing a calming, stabilizing presence for others in tough situations.
Building trusting relationships by providing predictability and rewarding loyalty.
Seeking the experience and ideas of others when solving problems.
Communicating frequently and regularly.
Blind spots that are typically associated with the Si personality type include…
Not being forceful or assertive when necessary.
Displaying discomfort when communicating with hostile or aggressive people.
Having trouble detaching and being productive in emotionally charged situations.
Displaying discomfort when managing people who actively resist close supervision.
Minimizing negative feedback, leaving others unclear about the problem.
Losing objectivity by becoming friendly and involved with others.
Avoiding decisions that potentially involve losing approval.
Correcting or re-doing work rather than confronting someone who becomes hostile.
Use a friendly, agreeable, warm tone and try to relate to them personally, without getting into business discussion too quickly.
Meetings should be done in-person when possible, with a prepared agenda.
Emails should be warm, sincere, and expressive.
Feedback should be thoughtfully explained and delivered with empathy.
Conflict can be a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but it should be approached with caution to avoid harming relationships.
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.
Counselors tend to be motivated and energized by…
Teaching, coaching, and advising other people.
Building long-term trust and loyalty with consistent, predictable behavior.
Understanding and explaining the human impact of a big organizational decision.
Communicating in a friendly, casual tone.
Taking time to understand how people are feeling about a recent change.
Following up and checking in with other people when they are dealing with a challenge.
Paying attention to the needs and concerns of other people.
Solving problems with diplomacy and openness.
Collaborating regularly alongside other people instead of working in isolation.
Counselors tend to be drained by…
Communicating with quick conversations and messages, only when necessary.
Considering many factors to make decisions.
Monitoring and measuring results closely.
Completing ambitious projects on a tight deadline.
Making decisions quickly with limited data.
Navigating large, complex systems.
Using a forceful approach to direct and develop others.
Critically questioning existing practices and procedures.
Taking primary ownership over processes and timelines.
Counselors generally enjoy peaceful, welcoming environments where they can take time to collaborate and learn more about other people. They thrive with cooperation and harmony and fit will in jobs where they can frequently give and receive verbal affirmation.
Common jobs for people with the Is personality type are:
Client Services Director
Client Services Manager
Director of Partnerships
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Director