Rule Follower

High C - methodical in the workplace


Rule Follower Overview

Each letter of DISC represents certain behaviors and characteristics. The C (cautious) illustrates how people utilize established procedures and standards. C personality types are either more methodical or flexible.

What is a high C personality type?

A Rule Follower is someone who has a high C personality type in their DISC profile and likes to follow procedures. This person prefers to adhere to standards and regulations and is more compliant over someone with a low C personality type who feels rules are made to be broken to generate new ideas.

High C personality traits

A person that has the Rule Follower personality likes structure and organization, is cautious of new situations, and doesn’t stray too far from procedures.

Rule Follower personality traits:
  • Compliant and fully accepts rules and systems as they are
  • Insistent on precision and accuracy with their work
  • Methodical and focused on quality
  • Deliberate when it comes to actions to follow procedures
  • Wary of taking risks

Strengths and drawbacks

Every personality type has strengths and weaknesses. These are often amplified in professional settings where we encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths: how they bring value to the team
  • Provide clearly defined procedures when giving assignments
  • Use a deliberate, methodical approach when solving problems
  • Maintain quality by asking questions frequently
  • Are comfortable analyzing large amounts of information
Potential drawbacks: challenges they’ll need to overcome
  • Look for the perfect solution instead of a workable solution
  • Redo work to make sure it gets done correctly
  • Avoid working with people who do not use a systematic approach
  • Tend to criticize people who don't meet quality standards
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Communication style

Communicating with high C personality type

Conversations should be sincere, professional, and include questions to fully understand what they are thinking. Meetings should be infrequent, formally scheduled, and with a prepared agenda. Emails should be detailed and factual, but straight to the point.

How to give feedback to high C personality type

Feedback should be specific, detailed, and delivered with logical reasoning and factual proof to support all claims.

Resolving conflicts with high C personality type

Conflict can be a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but emotions should be kept out of it. Use logic and facts to make your case.

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Energizers and drainers

When people experience stress or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize and drain each personality type.

Rule Followers tend to be energized by…
  • Creating procedures, rules, and guidelines for other people to follow
  • Helping others become more efficient
  • Asking clarifying questions frequently
  • Ensuring quality, standards, and accuracy in all aspects of work
Rule Followers tend to be drained by…
  • Thinking on their feet and figuring things out as they go
  • Bouncing between projects
  • Meeting spontaneously throughout the day
  • Talking about emotions

Best jobs with a high C personality type

The best jobs for high C's require responsibilities where their nature allows them to truly shine. Below are examples of jobs that suit this personality type the best. Remember, each letter is only one piece of the puzzle. View all our job descriptions and DISC profiles to see what jobs this personality fits best.