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Steadiness, the 'S' Factor of DISC

A Discus DISC Factor Spotlight

Published: Tuesday 11 June 2024

Steadiness on a DISC Graph

Steadiness is the third of the four factors that we use to form the basis of a DISC assessment. On a DISC graph, it is labelled as the 'S' of DISC. Here we take a brief look at the factor and its interpretation.

The factor of Steadiness combines an open attitude to other people with a receptive, generally non-assertive approach. The result is a factor best described as 'patient', and a person with high Steadiness will tend not only to be patient with the people around them, but also in the sense of being ready to wait for events to develop.

Because Steadiness is not an assertive factor, when it appears in a DISC profile it typically describes a person who will be unwilling to take direct action or attempt to drive their own agenda. Rather, they prefer to work with others to achieve an end. The accepting attitude of a high-S personality means that people of this kind can be especially effective working over longer-term timescales; they don't feel the same need found in more assertive profile types to see immediate results.

This is not to say that a highly Steady person cannot show determination or drive, but features like this will tend to emerge as stubbornness and dogged determination, especially if a high-S feels themselves to be under pressure. People of this kind tend to work best in relatively predictable and structured situations; they will generally avoid radical change if they can, especially unplanned change.

Steadiness mixes with Influence to enhance a person's focus on other people, and so a profile combining high Steadiness and Influence relates to a particularly open and receptive type of person (indeed, such a profile is often described as a 'Counsellor' profile). Another common combination for Steadiness is with Compliance, and in this case the resulting profile tends to relate to a more technically aware type of person; someone who will focus their attention to work patiently on complex systems or projects.

Steadiness Sub-traits

All four DISC factors have associated 'sub-traits', describing the ways they interact with the other three DISC factors. For Steadiness, those sub-traits are Patience, Thoughtfulness and Persistence.


A profile with high Steadiness and low Dominance describes a person who is prepared to wait for events to unfold, and to react to a situation rather than take control.


A profile with high Steadiness and low Influence describes a person with a strong focus on planning and considering, who will prefer to take time to reach a decision.


A profile with high Steadiness and low Compliance describes a person showing single-mindedness and determination, working tenaciously towards their goals.

If you want to know more about DISC's Steadiness factor, you'll find plenty of information and resources online. Here's a selection of useful links to Steadiness-related material on the Discus Online Website:

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