C style

C stands for Conscientiousness

People with the DiSC C style personality place an emphasis on working conscientiously within existing circumstances to ensure quality and accuracy.

People with the DiSC D style personality tend to place a strong emphasis on shaping the environment and overcoming opposition to accomplish results.

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C style

C stands for Conscientiousness

People with the DiSC i style personality tend to place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.

“The Analyst”

C styles are motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge, show their expertise, and produce quality work. They prioritize ensuring accuracy, maintaining stability, and challenging assumptions. They are often described as careful, analytical, systematic, diplomatic, accurate, and tactful. 

  • Fears: criticism and being wrong; strong displays of emotion
  • Values: quality and accuracy
  • Overuses: analysis, restraint
  • Influences others by: logic, exacting standards
  • In conflict: focuses on logic and objectivity; overpowers with facts
  • Could improve effectiveness through: acknowledging others’ feelings; looking beyond data

DiSC Classic patterns: Objective Thinker, Perfectionist, Practitioner

“The Analyst”

C styles are motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge, show their expertise, and produce quality work. They prioritize ensuring accuracy, maintaining stability, and challenging assumptions. They are often described as careful, analytical, systematic, diplomatic, accurate, and tactful. 

  • Fears: criticism and being wrong; strong displays of emotion
  • Values: quality and accuracy
  • Overuses: analysis, restraint
  • Influences others by: logic, exacting standards
  • In conflict: focuses on logic and objectivity; overpowers with facts
  • Could improve effectiveness through: acknowledging others’ feelings; looking beyond data

DiSC Classic patterns: Objective Thinker, Perfectionist, Practitioner

C style goals

C styles tend to have goals such as these:

  • stick to objective processes
  • be accurate and correct
  • demonstrate stability and reliability
  • attain knowledge and expertise
  • continue personal growth

C style challenges

C styles may need to expend more energy to:

  • resist being overcritical or overanalyzing and isolating themselves
  • let go of and delegate tasks
  • compromise for the good of the team
  • join in social events and celebrations
  • make quick decisions

C style in leadership

C-style leaders can be conscientious, disciplined, and diligent, providing high-quality outcomes through careful analysis and planning. They can also be risk-averse perfectionists, who may not pay enough attention to the human element.

C styles often display leadership characteristics such as these:

  • deliberate
  • humble
  • resolute

C style variations

Keep in mind that everyone is a blend of all four DiSC styles: D, i, S, and C. But most people tend strongly toward one or two styles. If your style falls into a border with another style, you probably show traits associated with that style, as well. Thus, C styles often show traits associated with the S and D styles.

The CS Style

CS styles tend to be cautious, orderly, and precise, influencing others through their practicality and attention to detail. 

Traits: cautious, reflective, stable, orderly, even-tempered, precise, well-prepared, patient, conventional, self-controlled

Goals: stability, reliable outcomes

Fears: emotionally charged situations, ambiguity

Influences others through: practicality, attention to detail

Overuses: traditional methods, sense of caution

In conflict: encourages a calm demeanor; avoids emotional situations

Could improve effectiveness through: showing flexibility, being more decisive, displaying a greater sense of urgency

Leadership qualities: CS-style leaders can be modest and fair-minded, providing reliable outcomes through steadiness and consistency. They can also be rigid, overly cautious, and afraid to move beyond the status quo.

The CD Style

CD styles tend to be skeptical, stubborn, and disciplined, influencing others through their strict standards and resolute approach.

Traits: skeptical, determined, questioning, critical thinker, stubborn, cynical, objective, disciplined, systematic, high standards

Goals: efficient results, rational decisions

Fears: failure, lack of control

Influences others through: strict standards, resolute approach

Overuses: bluntness, critical attitude

In conflict: sticks up for their own rights; becomes passive-aggressive

Could improve effectiveness through: cooperation, paying attention to the needs of others

Leadership qualities: CD-style leaders can be questioning, independent leaders who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo to get better results. They can also be cynical, insensitive leaders who can put a negative spin on everything.

C style variations

Keep in mind that everyone is a blend of all four DiSC styles: D, i, S, and C. But most people tend strongly toward one or two styles. If your style falls into a border with another style, you probably show traits associated with that style, as well. Thus, C styles often show traits associated with the S and D styles.

The CS Style

CS styles tend to be cautious, orderly, and precise, influencing others through their practicality and attention to detail.

Traits: cautious, reflective, stable, orderly, even-tempered, precise, well-prepared, patient, conventional, self-controlled

Goals: stability, reliable outcomes

Fears: emotionally charged situations, ambiguity

Influences others through: practicality, attention to detail

Overuses: traditional methods, sense of caution

In conflict: encourages a calm demeanor; avoids emotional situations

Could improve effectiveness through: showing flexibility, being more decisive, displaying a greater sense of urgency

Leadership qualities: CS-style leaders can be modest and fair-minded, providing reliable outcomes through steadiness and consistency. They can also be rigid, overly cautious, and afraid to move beyond the status quo.

The CD Style

CD styles tend to be skeptical, stubborn, and disciplined, influencing others through their strict standards and resolute approach. 

Traits: skeptical, determined, questioning, critical thinker, stubborn, cynical, objective, disciplined, systematic, high standards

Goals: efficient results, rational decisions

Fears: failure, lack of control

Influences others through: strict standards, resolute approach

Overuses: bluntness, critical attitude

In conflict: sticks up for their own rights; becomes passive-aggressive

Could improve effectiveness through: cooperation, paying attention to the needs of others

Leadership qualities: CD-style leaders can be questioning, independent leaders who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo to get better results. They can also be cynical, insensitive leaders who can put a negative spin on everything.

Communicating with a C

When communicating with DiSC C-style individuals, focus on facts and details and minimize “pep talk” or emotional language. Be patient, persistent, and diplomatic.

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