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DISC styles explained (4)   – Compliance (C)

General information

Here we have the perfectionists. Compliant people (C) live by following rules, not only those that are imposed by society but those that are in their heads. In other words, they do things the way they think they should be done, often criticizing those who do things differently or taking shortcuts to get to the same goal.

But we must not be confused and think that they are unhappy by following these rules; on the contrary, as they are mainly result-oriented, following specific procedures or their preferences guarantees them to deliver the best results, which energizes them.

The more data or details you provide, the better. If you want to communicate with a person of this style, you must be sufficiently prepared to support your opinion; otherwise, they will feel that it is unfounded and criticize it harshly.

Nor should we expect them to be interested in your feelings or problems. What they are most interested in is being pragmatic and solving the problem you have in the most effective way possible. You may not hear from them the motivating or comforting words that you could hear from an I-style or an S-style person, but surely they can help you solve your problem effectively.

Since both are results-oriented, people with a C-style tend to get along with those with a D-style. They complement each other well since one provides the information and the other makes the decisions. In the same way, they tend to get along with people with an S-style since both prefer quietude. They are theoretically a perfect complement to an I-style person since influencers provide the sociability skills this particular style lacks. The problem is that both can usually disagree since one style likes planning and predictability, and the other likes spontaneity and improvisation.

Surely you know great leaders who are compliant (C) and dominant (D). As I already mentioned, these two styles are very similar, but you have to consider that people with this combination can be perceived as cold. A compliant person (C) with a stable (S) secondary style will be very efficient but stubborn. I don’t know people who combine C and I styles.

Characteristics and examples

Here are some characteristics of a person whose style is predominantly to comply:

  • Rational and introverted.
  • She/he is an analyst, evaluator, and results-oriented.
  • She/he is quiet, calm, and doesn’t usually speak, but it is valuable when she/he does.
  • Careful, she/he does not make decisions or risks unless having the necessary information.
  • She/he doesn’t trust her/his instincts, prefers to verify information, usually more than once.
  • They have very high standards and therefore seeks perfection. 
  • She/he does not accept arguments from others unless they are supported. Critics. 
  • Likes to create systems to solve problems and meet goals.
  • Follows the procedures, respects the rules, delivers on time, and is very methodological.
  • She/he can get lost in the details and has a hard time being visionary.
  • In general, she/he can appear to be cold and unemotional.
  • She/he can be very pessimistic.
  • She/he gives more importance to her/his weaknesses.

And here some examples of people and characters with a predominant compliance style: 

  • Bill Gates
  • Albert Einstein
  • Al Gore
  • Dr. Strange (Marvel)
  • Ned stark (GOT)

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