The "C" Personality Style

Conscientious, Creative, Compliant


People with strong "C" personality styles are described as perfectionists, and place strong value on being accurate, correct, and seeing something through to the end. The "C" personality takes great pride in his or her 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.

General Characteristics

  • Accurate, Analytical
  • Conscientious, Careful
  • Fact-Finder, Precise
  • High standards, Systematic

Value to the Team

  • Perspective, “The anchor of reality”
  • Conscientious and even tempered
  • Thorough in all activities
  • Defines situations and gathers
  • Criticizes and tests information

Possible Limitations

  • Needs clear-cut boundaries for actions/relationships
  • Bound by procedures and methods
  • Gets bogged down in details
  • Prefers not to verbalize feelings
  • Will give in rather than argue

Greatest Fear

  • Criticism

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

The "C" Style is Motivated by:

  • High standards of quality
  • Ample time and organization to do things correctly
  • Recognition for work well done and 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:


  • 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


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