The C Personality Style

Conscientious, Creative, Compliant

The C Personality Style in your Organization
General CharacteristicsValue to TeamPossible Weaknesses
Accurate, AnalyticalPerspective, “The anchor of reality”Needs clear-cut boundaries for actions/relationships
Conscientious, CarefulConscientious and even temperedBound by procedures and methods
Fact-Finder, PreciseThorough in all activitiesGets bogged down in details
High standards, SystematicDefines situations and gathersPrefers not to verbalize feelings
Criticizes and tests informationWill give in rather than argue
Greatest Fear: Criticism


General Description

People with strong C personality styles are described as perfectionists, and place a strong value on being accurate, correct, and seeing something through to the end. The C personality takes great pride in their work and tends to think in a very logical, analytical, and systematic way. They also tend to be excellent at problem-solving and creative thinking. The C style personality holds very high standards, both for themselves and others, which results in being somewhat critical. C’s are realistic and careful; tending towards being quiet and solitary at times.

Greatest Fear:

The C personality style has an innate fear of being criticized, especially for their work. As a result, this person might spend a lot of time and energy on being accurate and correct.

Motivated By:

  • High standards of quality
  • Ample time and organization to do things correctly
  • Recognition for work well done and for how long certain things take
  • Limited social interaction
  • Detailed tasks and instructions; clear parameters and expectations
  • Logical organization of information
  • Peaceful, non-confrontational environments & relationships

When Communicating with a C-Style Personality:

Communication Do’s

  • Prepare your case in advance
  • Know pros and cons
  • Support ideas and statements with accurate data
  • Reassure them that change has been thought out and they will have ample time

Communication Don’ts

  • Spring change on them
  • Have no plan or reason for a decision
  • Refuse to explain detail
  • Argue your point with generalizations or inaccurate data