The "S" Personality Style

Stable, Sincere, Sympathetic


DISC theory splits people’s personalities into four different groups of D – I – S – C. People with strong "S" personality traits are described as steady and stable. They seek out routine, predictability, and safety in their day-to-day life. They strive for close, personal relationships and positive environments without conflict. They are peacemakers, good listeners, and truly loyal friends and supporters. Aside from being positive, friendly, patient, and sympathetic, "S" personalities can also be possessive of their loved ones, and at times can become passive aggressive in their effort to avoid conflict or negativity.

General Characteristics

  • Good listener
  • Team player
  • Possessive
  • Steady
  • Predictable
  • Understanding
  • Friendly

Value to the Team

  • Reliable
  • Dependable
  • Loyal team worker
  • Compliant towards authority
  • Good listener
  • Patient
  • Empathetic
  • Good at reconciling conflicts

Possible Limitations

  • Resists change
  • Takes a long time to adjust to change
  • Holds grudges
  • Sensitive to criticism
  • Difficulty establishing priorities

Greatest Fear

  • Loss of security

In the DISC personality system, the S-Style has an innate fear of losing their safety and security. As a result, they create routines and resist change.

The "S" Style is Motivated by:

  • Recognition for loyalty and dependability
  • Safety and security
  • No sudden changes in procedure or lifestyle
  • Activities that can be started and finished
  • Quality time spent with others; positive, personal relationships
  • Peaceful and conflict-free relationships and environments
  • Sincere appreciation

When Communicating with an S-Style Personality...


  • Create a favorable environment; be personal and agreeable; be patient and kind.
  • Provide them with clarification for tasks and answers to “how” questions.
  • Clearly define goals, procedures, and their role in the overall plan.


  • Be pushy, overly aggressive, or demanding.
  • Be impatient with their questions.
  • Be vague or give over generalized answers.