DISC Patterns Explained – Elevated D Pattern

Elevated D

Individuals who have an elevated score in dominance generally exhibit extrovert and controlling types of tendencies:

They are usually a combination of independence, efficiency, and self-motivation characteristics. Elevated D Personalities are driven to achieve, love getting results, and are determined to find success. Often, the Elevated D individual will break established rules and guidelines if they feel those rules are counter-productive to their goals. This is particularly true of people who also have comparatively lower Compliance scores. Elevated D’s typically like to set their own rules.

A famous example of an elevated D is Donald Trump. His empire was raised by his self-motivation and his desire to succeed. If you have ever watched his TV show, The Apprentice, you can tell that Mr. Trump is an Elevated D by how he judges each team’s performance. He loves when the teams give him the expected results while being as efficient as possible.

The Elevated D person is oftentimes the leader, although this person can also be the Devil’s Advocate in the room.

This individual will not simply agree with the group but will be strong-willed and outspoken about their opinions. In public sector organizations, the Elevated D personalities rise through the ranks because they like authority and control. They love to be passionately involved in attaining mission-based results and are driven by purposeful determination.

In life, the Elevated D individual is ambitious and aggressive. With extremely Elevated Dominance scores this can be off-putting to those they interact with. They need to see their actions come to a conclusion or else they will push the issue. They are usually self-confident, decisive, and are able to initiate activity. Elevated D’s are pioneers and visionaries. They bring a new way of thinking to the organization or create new ventures.

Entrepreneurs are generally Elevated D’s.

They like to be in control and use their own ideas to produce results. This is the process by which new businesses and even new marketplaces, missions, or in some cases whole new industries are created. The Elevated D personality is associated with individuality. Even in the workplace, employees or bosses with this personality can bring great ideas to the table that other people in the organization have not thought of.

In times of crisis or conflict, Elevated D’s are forward-looking, have a big picture focus, and are able to be the voice to take action to counter the conflict. They are quick to react to the situation and are generally optimistic in getting to a good end result.

Elevated D’s are also known as risk-takers. They are more likely than any other personality profile to make quick decisions without all the facts. They are confident in their intuition and generally believe they are lucky.

Elevated D Patterns are Motivated By:

Elevated D’s are motivated by results. They get bored easily by routine or mundane tasks and need to see results coming from their efforts to continue their motivation. They live for a challenging and innovative environment where they can put their visions to work.

Obstacles are another source of motivation for the Elevated D personality. They are the type of people that love putting out fires. One reason is that they love the challenge it provides. They also like the high level of authority required to put out fires and solve problems. They are ‘fixers’ and problem solvers.

Margaret Thatcher is an excellent example of this personality type. She had a clear vision of what the United Kingdom needed to stop what she perceived as a national decline. Even when her approval ratings were lowering, she continued to push her ideas and ended up being a strong leader in history. Her Elevated Dominance showed when dealing with the Soviet Union as well. She was given the nickname of the “Iron Lady” for her tough rhetoric.

In any endeavor, Elevated D’s need for freedom from routine. They like a variety of activities that they can choose from with their own decision-making prowess. As they achieve their goals, Elevated D’s like the recognition and rewards that come from their good results.

Possible Weaknesses for an Elevated D Pattern:

There are also some possible weaknesses that the Elevated D individual might have. First of all, Elevated D’s typically will overstep or challenge authority when they believe they are right. This can cause conflicts to occur. When these conflicts occur, Elevated D’s can be argumentative and combative, which could lead to real problems in the workplace.

Another weakness that might be exhibited by the Elevated D personality is poor time management. Because Elevated D’s dislike routine and can often take on too much work at once, they can let their over ambitious and optimistic attitude give them deadlines they can’t possibly meet. This can be a problem when deadlines need to be met.

Elevated D’s also tend to get set in their ways.  It’s usually “my way or the highway” with the Elevated D individual, even if they don’t openly say it. This can cause the Elevated D person to ignore other people’s views or twist the situation to look favorably upon themselves.

Dominant individuals appear in all our lives.

Usually, this type of personality is the one that we remember from previous bosses. Sometimes the dominance factor can make a boss forget that their employees can provide brilliant insight into projects and tasks.

Whenever I get into this mode where I am set on an idea, I make sure to take a step back and listen to my employees’ feedback and concerns. I find that they can give me good suggestions and sometimes they can build off my ideas and help make them better.

Be sure to look at the suggestions provided for Elevated D profiles. Use your strengths as an Elevated D to be successful in your life, but don’t let your weaknesses stop you from getting there. Know how to use the other DISC factors when they will help you achieve your goals.

Contact details:


CEO, Indaba Global Coaching, LLC


Office:  727-327-8777

Founder DISCflex

Providing DISC Behavior Assessments to Leadership, Managers, Coaches, Teams to make understanding the impact of behavior easy!

Enabling Professors & Students to understand how behavior affects careers, decision making, and choices.

Sample DISC Business Behavior Report

Leave a Comment