Julius Caesar, High Individualistic High D
Over the course of around 56 BC to 51 BC, Julius Caesar led a massive invasion of Gail conquering the Gallic tribes.
Over the course of this campaign, it is said that Caesar’s army had fought against three million men, killed one million and enslaving one million. They brought in subject to Rome 300 tribes and destroyed 800 cities.
In the DISC model we use, the D stands for dominant behavior. In this pure behavior, people have a need to direct and if they have a job that loses it’s challenge, they will easily become bored and must find a way to challenge themselves once again. The reason Caesar even fought the Gallic wars was because he was broke after a political campaign. This was his creative way to generate funds and also to fight boredom.
High D’s are risk takers, not always even considering the consequences and they do not consider failure as a an option.
They drive on and on and on. They have continuous energy forward.
In our Motivators model, an Individualistic motivation is about personal power. People who are individualistic have energy to personally achieve and be rewarded. They believe they should be in charge and will do what’s needed to be in charge.
Is there any doubt these things describe Caesar?
In his diary “The Gallic Wars”, Caesar documents all his activities during these wars. He seems to have a hard time finding justifiable reasons for crossing the Rhine river, which marked the limit of the Roman Empire. However, in order to cross the Rhine, Caesar built two bridges which have been talked about throughout history, marking just another of his difficult achievements.
At the end of the day, why did Caesar cross the Rhine?
Because he was a High Individualistic High D.
He just wanted to prove he could cross the Rhine.