How to Lead People with the “Steadiness” Personality Type

by Raquel Hubbard

That person on your team who’s always dependable? The one who shows up, gets things done, and can always be counted on? They might be an “S” personality on the DISC profile. Like the rest of the common personality assessments, the DISC is a helpful tool for understanding your team, and it can help you understand how to motivate and support each person individually. Rather than applying blanket principles, great leaders know that each person is different, and requires different management techniques. Today, we’ll be exploring the “Steadiness” personality.

What’s the DISC, Again?

The DISC Personality Assessment offers four distinct types – Dominant, Influencing, Steadiness, and Conscientious – to describe different individuals. It’s not magic, but it can be a helpful paradigm for helping you discover how your team operates best. 

Understanding the “S” DISC Personality

Do you have an “S” on your team? Individuals with this personality type are known for their calm, patient, and accommodating nature. They value stability, harmony, and cooperation, making them excellent team players and reliable employees. At first glance, “S” types might seem the easiest to manage…but it’s that perception that often causes leaders to make costly mistakes.

Create a Supportive Environment

The worst thing you can do for a “S” type is leave them alone. Though an initial read of the situation may lead you to think they’re just fine since they’re not complaining, that’s not the whole picture. “S” personalities thrive in a work environment that fosters cooperation and provides a sense of security. Encourage open communication, listen attentively to their concerns, and ensure they feel valued and supported. Recognize their contributions publicly to boost their confidence. Unlike the Dominant (D) and Influencing (I)  types, the “S” often won’t assert their needs, and they’ll fester beneath the surface.

Offer Clear Expectations

Providing clear instructions and outlining specific goals is essential for “S” personalities. They appreciate structure and clear guidelines, allowing them to focus on their tasks with confidence. Be transparent about deadlines and provide regular feedback to help them stay on track.

Encourage Collaboration

“S” personalities excel in collaborative settings where they can work harmoniously with others. Encourage teamwork and provide opportunities for group projects or brainstorming sessions. Recognize and appreciate their ability to build strong relationships and create a sense of unity within the team.

Provide Stability and Routine

“S” personalities thrive in stable and predictable environments. Minimize sudden changes whenever possible and communicate any necessary modifications well in advance. Establishing consistent routines allows them to plan and execute their work effectively. Don’t let your forceful “Influencing” or “Dominant” types bulldoze the work environment.

Show Appreciation

“S” types won’t often share their needs, and a simple gesture of appreciation can go a long way in motivating “S” personalities. Express gratitude for their reliability, loyalty, and commitment to the team’s success. Consider personalizing your recognition to make it more meaningful, such as handwritten notes or small tokens of appreciation. After all, you’re likely depending a great deal on these folks.

Offer Opportunities for Personal Growth

Although “S” personalities are content with stability, they still have a desire for personal growth. Provide opportunities for training, skill development, and advancement within the company. Help them see a clear path for their professional growth, which will motivate them to excel. Your encouragement will allow them to reach their full potential.

Get the Tools You Need to Lead

Sometimes, working with a variety of personality types and trying to grow a successful organization can feel overwhelming. The Intention Collective is here to support you. We offer a wide range of services to strengthen your organization and help you grow in a healthy way. Reach out to book a consultation.

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