Have you had a chance to have your own personality assessed with the DiSC? This week, we’re finishing up our guide to the four main DiSC personality styles (though, as you’ll find in the report, the true benefit of the DiSC is an assessment that can pinpoint your style based on the blend of types that make up your personality). Throughout this blog series, we’ve examined the four dimensions of the DiSC profile: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and now we’ve come to the last one: Conscientiousness.
DiSC Personality Styles – Conscientiousness
The DiSC profile identifies Conscientious types as those who “work within existing circumstances to ensure quality and accuracy.” DiSC personality styles are evaluated on two axises (risk-taking vs. conservative and task-oriented vs. people-focused), the C types will share a lot of the same subtle and introverted tendencies with their S colleagues, but with more of the task focus of the D types. What is most important to people with strong senses of conscientiousness is getting the job done right.
C types in the Workplace
Sometimes people who are less familiar with the DiSC call the C type DiSC personality styles “careful.” While this is technically incorrect (and any C type would be the first to say so!), the idea is spot on. C types tend to be very cautious, focused, and deliberate in their work. They are less motivated by the relationships that surround them in a work environment, and more inspired by performing well — yet they don’t seek the dominance or power of D types. Conscientious team members are less emotionally motivated or invested in the team; they communicate best when focusing on details and facts and can benefit a team that needs to prioritize and get organized.
Strengths and Weaknesses of C types
Conscientious people can be a bit inflexible in terms of compromise and are not particularly comfortable with the social aspects of being part of a team. Their sense of humor can come across as “snarky,” when in actuality they’re trying their best to be part of a group. They can be a bit socially awkward, even if they have great ideas to contribute and don’t appear outwardly shy. C types love working on their own to put systems in place and solve problems, and their feedback to others can sometimes come across as a bit brusque, even if that’s not how it’s intended — they’re just focused on the data. Analytical team members’ greatest strength is their commitment to execution, as they are consistently motivated by positive interpretations of their performance.
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