Third of the four factors is Steadiness, abbreviated to 'S'. As its name suggests, behavioural styles showing a high level of Steadiness take a measured, steady approach to life. They are patient and undemanding, often showing sympathy for and loyalty to those around them.
Being the third of the DISC factors, Steadiness is shown third from the left on a DISC graph. In many cultures, Steadiness is relatively rare in comparison with the other three factors. While Dominance, Influence and Compliance tend to be evenly spread throughout the population, Steadiness appears less frequently. When Steadiness does appear in a profile, it is more common to find it accompanied by high Influence or Compliance than standing alone.
Despite this, there are a number of strengths linked to the Steadiness factor. People of this kind are patient and sympathetic listeners, with a real interest in the problems and feelings of others, and are particularly capable of fulfilling support roles. They also have a persistent approach, with powers of concentration that allow them to work steadily at a task. While other profile types might become bored or distracted, the High-S (i.e. person with high Steadiness) will continue to work until they complete an assignment.
High-S personalities are resistant to change, and will prefer to settle into a predictable and constant environment. They have an intrinsically passive approach, and work best when given clear instructions and a high level of support. Because of this, they avoid conflict or confrontation if at all possible, and will instead seek to adopt the role of peacemaker if a dispute should break out.