How do we identify and describe I-styles?
I-styles are typically more energetic, open, and social. Do you know anyone who is an I-style? Is it easy or more challenging for you to work with them? Understanding I-styles better can help you interact more effectively.
I-style is one of the four main DISC styles, along with D, S, and C styles. There is no style that is better or worse when understanding the DISC styles. All of the styles have strengths and all of the styles have development areas; they just happen to be different.
Our DISC style does not limit what we can accomplish nor does it predict how successful we can be. The Extended DISC self-assessment identifies how we prefer to do things and how are behaviors tend to be observed by others. Successful people are well represented by all DISC styles. The key to successful people is they know who they are and they know when to modify their style appropriately.
I-styles prefer to be actively involved with people and emotions. They are often seen as social, energetic, and impulsive. They tend to have natural talking abilities that makes it more comfortable for them to sell their ideas and get others to follow them. Since I-styles tend to be naturally talkative, they may not be listening. I-styles like to be liked, so they may fear social rejection.
They are an active style, like the D-styles, so they are more likely to thrive in fast-paced environments. Unlike the task-focused D-style, they prefer their environment to be more interactive and friendly. I-styles are most comfortable when they have a lot of variety, so they may get frustrated by routine and structure.
They may come across as disorganized. I-styles may get into trouble when they focus too much on people rather than tasks. The I-style’s favorite question starts with ‘who;” as in, ‘who else made that choice?’
How I-styles prefer to communicate
I-styles prefer one-directional communication; where they speak and you listen. They are even happier when you give them positive reinforcement and have time to chat. I-styles tend to be more comfortable in the spotlight, and when interacting with others.
I-styles are less comfortable focusing on details and what they may perceive as negativity; they prefer to focus on the positives. They tend not to be direct in their communication style because they often thrive on variety and emotions.
Tips for communicating with I-styles
I-styles want to interact with you and socialize, so build in the time to chat. They become more engaged in the interaction if you show enthusiasm, focus on the positives, and let them speak. Try not to put down their enthusiasm or react too negatively. I-styles may get distracted if you focus on too many details. Remember, have fun and talk more about people!
Are there any simple adjustments you could make the next time you interact with your I-styles?