The DISC C Personality concern themselves more with content than with congratulations. They prefer involvement with the performance of products and services under specific, and preferably controlled, conditions so the process and the results can be correct. 

Some people refer to this style as the “Compliance (Conscientious) Style”, or as some say the “High C”.

People with High C scores are analytical and are described as:

  • Having cautious actions when making decisions.
  • Liking organization and structures.
  • People that like to ask many questions about specific details.
  • Preferring an objective, task-oriented, intellectual work environment.
  • Wanting to be right so they can be overly reliant on data collection.
  • Individuals that work slowly and precisely alone.
  • Having good problem-solving skills. 

Whereas those with a Low C score tend to be defiant and obstinate when it comes to performing the details of any task. They can be rather rebellious and opinionated. 

Their tendency toward perfectionism, taken to an extreme, can result in “paralysis by over-analysis”. These overly cautious traits may result in worry that the process isn’t progressing right, which further promotes their tendency to behave in a more critical, detached way.

Greatest Asset of DISC C Personality

The Compliant Styles’ strengths include accuracy, dependability, independence, clarification and testing skills, follow-through, and organization. They often focus on expectations (e.g., policies, practices, and procedures) and outcomes. They want to know how things work so they can evaluate how correctly they function. We picture a fox as an appropriate symbol for the Compliant Style – cagey, resourceful, and careful. Because they need to be right, they prefer checking processes themselves.

Greatest Limitation of Compliance Style

Their tendency toward perfectionism, taken to an extreme, can result in “paralysis by over-analysis”. These overly cautious traits may result in worry that the process isn’t progressing right, which further promotes their tendency to behave in a more critical, detached way.

Biggest Fear of High C’s

Compliant Styles’ biggest fears of uncontrolled emotions and irrational acts relate to their goals. More precisely, Thinkers fear that these illogical acts may prevent goal achievement. Similarly, they fear emotionality and irrationality in others. This type strives to avoid embarrassment, so they attempt to control both themselves and their emotions. 

Great Careers for DISC C Personality

Careers in which COMPLIANT STYLES can strive for perfection, creativity, and completeness are: Forecasters (political, weather, etc.), critics (film, history, literary, etc.) and engineers would be great careers for a C Style. Also a career as a research scientist, data analyst, accountant/auditor, artist/sculptor/architect or an inventor. 

Summary – All about the C’s – The Compliance Thinker”

Key Word = Compliance: Accuracy and details of procedures.

Style: High C = Accurate, conscientious and focused. 

Moderate C = Analytical, sensitive and tactful.

Low C = Rebellious, arbitrary and obstinate.  

Compliant Styles are non-contact people who prefer the formality of distance. This preference is reflected in the functional, but uninviting arrangement of their desks and chairs, usually with the desks physically separating you and them. They generally are not fond of huggers and touchers, and prefer a cool handshake or a brief phone call. When Compliant Styles walk, they usually move slowly and methodically toward a known destination.

High C’s Goal: Correctness, order and planning of tasks and procedures. 

High C’s Fears: Making mistakes and criticism of work. 

Emotional Expression: Introverted (contemplative and analytical) 

High C = Courteous.

Low C = Stubborn and independent.

Overview of High C’s

People of few words, Compliant Styles tend to ask pertinent questions instead of making statements. They typically speak more carefully and with less expression than the other types. Reluctant to reveal personal feelings, they often use thinking words (like the Dominant Style), as opposed to feeling words. “From what I’ve read, I think Product X may be better for our situation than Product Y because of its superior filtration system,” or, “I think that Jones is overreacting in this matter.”

Picture Felix Unger, the neat, perfectionistic one on television’s THE ODD COUPLE. Like Felix, Compliant Styles tend to wear more conservative clothes, but with unique, often perfectly matched accessories. While the Interactive Style may draw attention to himself with glitz and glitter, Compliant Styles usually prefer a more understated, faultlessly groomed look with nary a hair out of place. But their taste may differ from the people around them.

They like expressions of individuality and creativity, but within guidelines. For some reason, male Compliant Styles with beards seem to prefer short, well-manicured ones. If they smoke, they often prefer pipes – perhaps, someone noted, this is because taking a puff from a pipe gives them more time to think before they answer. Since they may prefer exploring life’s complexities, they may enjoy the intricacies of a specific kind of music or individual musical piece, whether jazz, classical, rock, etc. You may spot them driving well-built, practical cars that perform well, often in more conservative, understated, but less common colors.

Tips for People in Relationships with High C’s:

  • Support their organized and thoughtful approach.
  • Demonstrate through actions, not words.
  • Be systematic, exact, organized, and prepared.
  • List advantages and obvious disadvantages of any plan.
  • Provide guarantees and proof that actions can’t backfire.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning about the Four DISC Styles and I encourage you to refer to the tips you have learned often. They will prevent lots of misunderstandings between you and other people. 

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