S Style


Closer Look at the S Style: S Style contributors help build healthy workplace.

Typically patient and agreeable, S style team members are happy to give support whenever and wherever they can. While they may be somewhat competitive, they don’t need to win to feel good about themselves. Instead, they are quick to share credit, find satisfaction in accommodating others, and are willing to put their own needs aside in the interest of being supportive.

Maintaining Stability is a key priority for those who tend to be reliable as well as cautious, preferring a predictable and harmonious environment with minimal surprises. Steady and consistent—more of a rule-follower than a rule-breaker—they take pride in knowing that others count on them to follow through.

Valuing cooperation and interaction, S styles also strive to be great team players as they focus on Collaboration and making personal connections to create a warm, friendly environment. Because they tend to see others’ points of view, they are able to provide the empathy that makes people feel understood and accepted.

People with an S style are often highly dependable, accepting of others, and great team players who do their part to contribute to group successes. Compared to those with other styles, they probably have more patience for long, routine projects that require steadiness and consistency—essential qualities that every organization needs.

The slogan for those folks might be "GET ALONG"

The strengths and priorities that S style team members bring to the workplace, however, can also create points of great stress, for them and for others with whom they work. For example, because they value stability, they may have difficulty being highly effective in competitive environments or engaging in projects they perceive as too risky. Working without clear guidelines or in situations that involve ambiguity can be especially stressful. What’s more, because conflict often makes them uncomfortable, they may shut down and disengage when working with particularly forceful people—like D style co-workers and teammates.

Different people—and different styles—find different aspects of their work motivating. What’s more, it’s important to remember that Everything DiSC is not about changing who an individual is. The power of this assessment tool lies in its ability to help people see their strengths and motivators, to identify situations that really stress them out, and to suggest some very specific strategies for overcoming the inevitable challenges we all face when working with others to get things done. 

This overview courtesy  ofWiley and EverythingDiSC®


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