The DISC profile is a behavioral assessment tool, based on William Marston’s theory that there are four major personality traits: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C).
Overview of the Conscientious (C) Personality Style
People who are high in “C” are more introverted and reserved, and task-oriented. They tend to be cautious, calculating, competent, contemplative, and careful. They are typically analytical, detail-oriented, and intentional. They value precision and have inquisitive natures, often appearing critical by asking many questions. Leaders who have high “C” expect everyone to follow their standards and make sure that everything is working the way it should.
What is the Shadow Side of High C?
When the Conscientious trait is overdeveloped, or when people high in C become stressed,
they can become evasive, avoiding conflict by changing the subject. They do not like fast-paced pressure and are likely to respond to it with an even slower pace due to uncertainty and confusion. They can be limited by overanalyzing, isolating themselves, and fearing criticism.
How to Manage Someone with High C
This personality type is typically motivated by accuracy, gaining knowledge, showing their expertise, and producing quality work. Keep these tips in mind:
- Answer all their questions
- Focus on facts and details
- Be patient, persistent, and diplomatic
- Ask “why?” questions for the best outcomes