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October 10, 2023

Which Ninja Turtle Are You? DiSC Personality Types Explained

Cowabunga, readers! Ever wondered why you prefer to kick-off the action rather than strategize behind the scenes? Or why you’re the life of the party while your friend prefers to have 1-on-1 convos? The answer might just be lurking in the sewers of New York City, right alongside four iconic turtles. So let’s slice some pizza, dive into DiSC personality types, and find out: Which Ninja Turtle are you?

What are the DiSC personality types?

DiSC is a popular personality assessment tool that categorizes people based on four primary personality and communication styles: 

  • “D” for Decisive (Also called  “Dominance,” but we prefer “Decisive” since “Dominance” carries some negative vibes these days)
  • “i” for Interactive (Also called “Influential,” but we prefer “Interactive” since all four types are influential in their own ways)
  • “S” for Steady
  • “C” for Conscientious 

Just like our favorite pizza-loving, crime-fighting turtles, each of us is characterized by one primary type over the others.

Why are the DiSC personality types a helpful tool for leaders and teams?

  • Enhanced communication: By understanding one another’s core personality, team members can tailor their communication to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.
  • Strengthened team dynamics: Recognizing the strengths and tendencies of each team member can allow for more effective delegation and collaboration.
  • Improved conflict resolution: When disagreements arise, understanding the personality behind others’ perspectives can help in resolving issues faster and more amicably.
  • Boosted morale: Appreciating and celebrating the diverse personalities on a team can enhance group cohesion and morale.
  • Focused personal development: Individuals can leverage insights from their DiSC profiles to identify areas of growth and capitalize on their strengths


Just imagine if Splinter (the turtles’ sensei) had a DiSC assessment handy – training the turtles would’ve been a cinch!

The ‘D’ in DiSC: “Decisive” Raphael

If you’re all about directness, fast action, and challenging the status quo, you’re channeling your inner Raphael. Those with this “Decisive” type are motivated by action, results, and candor. They prefer to take charge, make quick decisions and may act or speak rashly (remember Raph’s many “lone wolf” moments?). However, beneath that lies a heart of gold and a fierce loyalty to those they love. As a leader, Raphael is decisive, goal-oriented, and unafraid of challenges.

The ‘i’ in DiSC: “Interactive” Michelangelo

Cowabunga! If you’re outgoing, enthusiastic, and always ready to throw the next pizza party, you might just be channeling Mikey. The “i” in DiSC represents “Interactive.” Just like our nunchuck-wielding party dude, “i” types are magnetic, energetic, optimistic, and can easily connect with those around them. They value collaboration and often play the role of the team cheerleader. In other words, Michelangelo types always find a way to lighten the mood.

The ‘S’ in DiSC: “Steady” Leonardo

Every group needs a level-headed team member in the mix, and in the turtle team, that’s Leo. Representing the “Steadiness” in DiSC, Leonardo types are calm, reliable, and provide stability and consistency. “S” types might not be the loudest in the room, but their unwavering dedication speaks volumes. They’re great listeners, team players, and act as the glue that holds everything together. When the Foot Clan attacks, you can bet Leonardo will be there, defending his brothers and ensuring the team stays united.

The ‘C’ in DiSC: “Conscientious” Donatello

Last but not least, let’s talk about Donnie! The “C” in DiSC stands for “Conscientious.” These folks are analytical, detail-oriented, planful, and systematic. They prioritize accuracy and are often the problem-solvers of the group. If there’s a technical glitch or a strategy that needs fine-tuning, Donatello types are on it. They may be more reserved, preferring to think things through, but their insights are invaluable, ensuring the team’s plans are foolproof.

Wrapping It Up: Why Shell-ebrate DiSC?

Aligning the DiSC personality types with our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles not only makes the model more relatable but also underscores the importance of diverse personalities in a team. The turtles, each distinct in their own right, combine their strengths to take on Shredder, Foot Soldiers, and any challenges that comes their way.

In our professional landscape, understanding the DiSC model and recognizing where we and our colleagues fit can lead to more effective teamwork, improved communication, and a greater appreciation for the unique strengths each team member brings. 

So, whether you’re uniting the team like Leo, problem-solving like Donnie, jumping into action like Raph, or energizing like Mikey, there’s a place for you in the team. Embrace your inner turtle, and let’s save the day, one pizza slice at a time! 🍕🐢🌟

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