Using the DISC behavioral instrument to guide leadership and communication

AORN J. 2005 Nov;82(5):835-8, 841-3. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)60276-7.


BEHAVIORAL INSTRUMENTS can be useful tools to help leaders gain insight into how to better communicate with coworkers. The DISC instrument classifies behaviors into four personality types (ie, Dominant, Influencer, Steady, Conscientious) and provides methods leaders can use to work with each personality type. LEADERS SHOULD STRIVE to have a good mix of personalities on their teams to achieve optimal success. THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES the benefits of using the DISC behavioral evaluation method to better understand and work with team members and gives role-play scenarios for dealing with each personality.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Leadership*
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Personality
  • Personality Tests*