Communicating with the C (Conscientiousness) Personality Style

They get it done right!

If you need someone to double check your work, to ensure that every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed, look no further than your colleague who is a C or Conscientiousness style on the Everything DiSC Workplace® model. That includes those who have secondary styles such as CS and CD, sharing common preferences with S=Steadiness and D=Dominance types as well.

Highly logical, precise and systematic, C-style colleagues bring invaluable qualities to our teams and organizations:

  • Accuracy is a top priority in everything C-style talent does. They zero-in on doing everything they can to get things right, to avoid mistakes, and to ensure high-quality outcomes. Refusing to settle for sloppy work, C styles are a team’s go-to for developing superior systems and processes to help them carefully analyze objective facts in order to make logical decisions.
  • Skeptical of risky ideas and of making decisions too quickly—before all the facts can be sufficiently analyzed and considered—colleagues with the C style focus on maintaining Stability to produce consistent results. Perhaps more self-controlled and cautious than other DiSC® styles, their preferred work environment is predictable and stable, where chaos and uncertainty won’t threaten the quality of their work. The quiet diligence of the C style is often one of the qualities others admire most.
  • Like their D-style colleagues, C styles also will often be the skeptical voice in the group willing to Challenge people to look at things more carefully. If unconvinced of a new idea, they will question people’s opinion, and point out problems and flaws—all in the interest of getting things right. Their preference for performing in-depth analysis of projects and ideas means that they tend to prefer working alone, although contributing to a team gives them the chance to give advice and share knowledge and expertise.

Watch a C style in action.

Known for their dedication to accuracy, sloppy work is not an option for those with a C style. Logic, exacting standards—these are the influencers that drive your colleagues to succeed. Like the cautious and reflective S style, C styles will take the time they need to make good decisions. They are often the skeptic in the group willing to challenge the process. And although the success of every team, department, and organization rightly depends on the C’s need (some would say passion) for precision and delivering superior results, others can be extremely frustrated by what feels like “analysis paralysis” that stands in the way of progress.

You might think that C styles would end up in highly analytical careers—technicians, scientists, accountants, engineers. But not everyone makes that choice. Because we are all a blend of all four styles, people with the C style also can find themselves in very creative or unstructured roles. They may just approach the work differently.

So, the next time you need to get things done with a Conscientiousness-style colleague, consider their key priorities—Accuracy, Stability, Challenge—and a few of these tips to improve your communication:

  • Make sure you are well prepared
  • Have plenty of facts and figures
  • Allow time for analysis
  • Don’t be overly emotive
  • Respect the value they place on logic and objective processes

It often doesn’t take a radical shift in behavior or approach to improve communication with others. Sometimes it’s a small tweak here or there that makes all the difference in the world. And there’s always plenty more to learn about your own DiSC style and those of others as you work to sustain productive relationships and build better workplaces.

Watch a C style in action.


Gwen Voelpel

Gwen Voelpel has 20 years of experience in coaching and mentoring leaders at all levels of organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in communications, a graduate degree in public administration, and has served as an executive leader in several organizations. Gwen is an accredited Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitator and a Certified Master in Training for The Leadership Challenge.