Why Understanding Personality Styles Matters at Work

Because knowledge is power

You’ve spent years building your expertise, honing your skills. You take classes, complete certifications. You attend conferences and spend time reading professional publications to keep up-to-date on the latest research and trends. You are invested in making sure you have the right assessments, models, and experiential activities in your toolkit that will leverage your organization’s talent and improve the health and productivity of your workplace.

The most powerful tool you can have at your disposal is one that helps every one of your employees understand themselves better and understand others as well: a personality assessment that is versatile, effective, and fundamental.

So why is it so important to understand personality styles and behavioral preferences?

It goes back to those ancient Greeks, Socrates, and Plato, who encouraged their students to “know thyself.” It’s the mastery of this first step that makes it possible to take the important second step of understanding the people around you (not to mention the world around you).

Personality assessments are like a special combination of a magic mirror and flashlight, allowing learners to see themselves clearly and then shining a bright light that enables them to see their colleagues with clarity and greater understanding. Motivations are revealed. Behaviors are explained. Preferences make sense like never before.

Since all organizations are collections of humans attempting to work together toward a common goal, you can see why understanding yourself and your co-workers could be the foundation of every interaction, every objective, and every success.

A well- researched and validated personality assessment:

  • Provides a common language to help team members understand one another and work better together
  • Acts as a springboard for conversations and team building
  • Improves employee and workplace communication
  • Helps colleagues better understand others who are different… or too much alike
  • Reduces conflict and avoids misunderstandings

Blueprint for Team Cohesion-Sports

Everything DiSC Workplace® is a validated and trusted personality assessment used by millions of people across thousands of organizations around the world. Everything DiSC online assessments are:

  • Simple (but not simplistic), making it easy to remember. Unlike other instruments, which often require people to memorize a string of letters or learn how to decipher what a color means, DiSC® has four clear styles that use a commonly understood word that captures its meaning: D = Dominance, i = Influence, S = Steadiness, C = Conscientiousness. A model that is easily understood intuitively makes sense is much more likely to be adopted and live long after learners leave the classroom or coaching experience.


  • Validated and Trusted. At the end of the day, the results of any assessment must ring true for the learner. And in order to produce assessment results that are highly accurate, the tool must be reliable, thoroughly tested and validated. While most assessments in our industry are just tested for internal reliability, Everything DiSC® takes it a few steps further by looking at the tool’s stability (test-retest); how it correlates with other respected instruments, outside observer ratings, and actual work behavior.


  • Easy to Facilitate. Completed and scored online, Everything DiSC assessments make debriefing and coaching more streamlined and thorough. While there is no lengthy certification process required, plenty of invaluable materials are provided that are flexible and customizable, which allow you to make them your own for use in a variety of situations.

Explore why having a validated, trusted personality assessment tool like Everything DiSC is so important to have in your toolkit!

Check out this video to learn how you can put DiSC® to work in your organization.



Brett Cooper

Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways. Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profits serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member and financial sponsor for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).