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Common questions about Discus and DISC
What does Discus profiling cost?
How do I get started with Discus?
Can I send questionnaires to my candidates online?
Can a person completing a questionnaire read their own report?
Do I have access to all my profile reports?
How can I recover a lost or forgotten Discus password?
Is training available?
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What does Discus profiling cost?

Discus profiles start at just $35 each, with discounts available for more substantial purchases.

For new accounts, we offer a whole range of useful extras. Find out more on our pricing page.

How do I get started with Discus?

Getting started with Discus is easy. You'll just need to take a few minutes to sign up for an account, and then you'll be ready to start creating profiles right away.

Can I send questionnaires to my candidates online?

Discus provides an entire suite of features to make this process easy and automatic. At the simplest level, you can simply enter a person's e-mail address, and Discus will send them an invitation and then display and manage the questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is complete, a report will immediately be compiled and added to your accounts.

Discus also provides lots of options for your to customise this process to meet your exact requirements. For example, you can arrange to be automatically notified and sent a copy of the report as soon as it is available.

Can a person completing a questionnaire read their own report?

This is a decision you can make as you set up an invitation. There's no requirement to share the report, but you have the option of doing so if you wish.

Discus can also provide an intermediate solution through the 'Feedback' report, which is an alternative version of the report specifically designed for this purpose, providing a readable and accessible summary of the results.

Do I have access to all my profile reports?

Every DISC profile produced on your account is held in your own secure Discus database. You can access, review and manage those reports at any time. Discus even provides extra features to assess the results in combination, such as comparing candidates against the needs of a role, or assessing how individuals would work together in a team.

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We offer a comprehensive online video training course introducing the DISC system and its workings. The course is free if you sign up for an account with fifty credits or more.

Discus itself offers an interactive guide to get your started, and extensive help resources throughout the system.

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There can be various reasons for this. The invitation code might already have been used, or it might simply have expired, or been cancelled by the user who originally set up the invitation.

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I completed an invited questionnaire, but I didn't receive a copy of my report.

When a Discus user sends out an invitation, they can choose whether to give you access to your report or not, so it may simply be that this option isn't active.

If you think you should have received a report, your best course of action is to contact the person who sent you your invitation; they will have the option of sending you a copy.

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The member who fulfils the leadership role will have both a direct and an indirect effect on the team as a whole. The direct effect is usually clear and easy to identify - it consists of the instructions the leader issues or policies they put in place.

Quite as important, but less simple to distinguish, however, are the leader's indirect effects on their team. These stem not from the leader's actions themselves, but from the ways in which they perform these actions - in other words, from their individual behavioural style.

For example, a common (though by no means universal) trait of leaders is the presence of a measure of Dominance in their individual profiles. In cases where this trait is strongly represented, the leader will tend to take an authoritarian and direct approach to leadership, expecting others to follow their direction on the grounds of their designated role, and their dominating, assertive behavioural style. This necessarily makes the team more Directed (in specific terms of the Discus subfactor of Direction), though its other effects will depend on the precise make-up of the team and other factors of the leader's style.

Because Dominant leaders are common, so is this effect. Other less common leadership styles will also make their impression on the team, though, often in less predictable ways. Consider the DISC factor of Compliance, for example. While by no means as common as Dominance in a leadership role, it does often occur in more technical environments, or in situations where quality is of paramount importance. Compliant leaders will depend on certainty of their position, concentrate on quality and productivity, and prefer a well structured environment. Such a leader will rarely take an authoritative stance, but will prefer to control their team through organisation and planning - we can expect to see them install a procedural and structured regime in order to maintain their authority within the team. Hence, the team as a whole will tend to move towards the more Productive end of the Team Profile spectrum, as they adapt to their leader's approach.

The Discus profiling software is capable of analysing how individuals will react when placed in a management situation, and Discus adapts this technology to examine how a member can be expected to act (in specifically behavioural terms) when appointed as the leader of a team.

The DISC profiling technique gives us a range of tools for analysing an individual's approach to leadership, and Discus takes full advantage of these to describe the team leader's particular approach. There are as many particular leadership styles as there are individual behavioural profiles, and Discus will provide a report for each of these. To illustrate the process, though, we will examine four basic leadership approaches based on the four DISC factors of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.


  • The Director is a leadership style that tends to appear where the leader has a highly Dominant personality. Such a leader has a demanding and impatient leadership style. They rarely tolerate dissension, and act quickly to quell any possible threats (as they will see them) to their leadership position.
  • The Persuader (a style related to profiles showing high Influence) prefers to foster a friendly, open atmosphere, and to build strong relationships with the members of their team. This approach often hides the fact, though, that this style is still an assertive and active one, and will react badly where they believe other members of the team are in some sense taking advantage of their informal style.
  • The Supporter (a style based on high Steadiness) tends to see themselves as providing a service for the team's members, rather than a source of direction. While they understand their responsibilities as a leader, they will typically seek to establish rapport with the members of their team, providing support where circumstances require it, and looking for similar support from their members.
  • The Thinker (which applies to styles showing high Compliance) represents a leader who works through planning and structure. We have already seen how highly Compliant types will attempt to impose authority through procedure and organisation. This is due largely to their desire for certainty - they will wish to know as much as possible about the operations of the team on a day-by-day level.

These four basic styles represent common approaches to the role of leader, and can be viewed as 'building blocks' for the more complex styles that arise with more involved DISC profiles. For example, a profile showing both high Dominance and high Influence will typically display aspects of the Director and the Persuader, often switching between these two styles according to the demands of a situation.

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