There are some people with whom we gel at work. Our wavelength matches, our thought processes are similar, and we accept each other’s ideas and perspective, and the execution becomes seamless. However, we also meet some people with whom we have a hard time, we don’t communicate well, and our thought processes are out of sync, which results in conflict and poor business outcomes. It’s all about how your mind, personality and behavior fit into your work environment when you work with people. You know that time when you just don’t get a sense of your co-worker’s personality? Although your intentions are good, why do some of your co-workers keep misinterpreting what you’re saying? You have a few co-workers you experience destructive conflict with, but most conflicts can be sorted out by getting to know each other’s personalities and behaviors.

To be a successful team, you need to be able to work well with different personalities. Everybody brings something different to the table, be it a strong work ethic, creative ideas, or execution skills. We need to acknowledge these differences. Workplace differences can be identified and managed with DISC personality frameworks. Employers use the DISC assessment to identify work-related behaviors, personalities, communication styles, and effectiveness. There are four key personality characteristics that describe how people approach work and connections, but your profile report has 12 sub-styles.

The DISC model is a great tool for understanding yourself and others, which can improve all kinds of relationships. Using the DISC tools above, you should be able to get a better idea of your preferences and those of the people around you. Understanding each other helps us work together in better ways—at work in our social relationships, and with our stake holders.