Low D - patient in the workplace

Planner Overview

Each letter of DISC represents certain behaviors and characteristics. The D (decisive) illustrates how people solve problems and make decisions. D personality types are either more action-oriented or patient when it comes to problem-solving.

What is a low D personality type?

A person with a low  D personality type in their DISC profile is a Planner. A Planner is patient when it comes to solving problems. They like to learn all the facts first before making a decision and are slower to act than someone with a high D personality type who is more of an action-driven decision maker.

Low D personality traits

A person with a Planner personality type likes to find out more information before they act. The Planner considers all perspectives when solving a problem and is deliberate with their decisions. 

Planner personality traits:
  • Careful when making decisions
  • Patient before taking action
  • Reliant on others
  • Inclusive of other’s opinions
  • Collaborative to get the best outcome

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
  • Plan carefully to make sure the team is in agreement
  • Focus on the small details that make a difference
  • Are open to and seeks input from others
  • Solve routine problems very quickly because outcomes are already known
Potential drawbacks: challenges they’ll need to overcome
  • Hampered by fear to act because they have a fear of making the wrong decision
  • Seem indifferent when really they just need more details
  • Hesitate to try solutions that have not been tested
  • Beat themselves up if they make a mistake
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Communication style

Communicating with low D personality type

Conversations on important issues should be held in person, leaving time for lots of questions. Meetings should be done in person when possible, with a prepared agenda. Emails should be warm, sincere, and well-formatted.

How to give feedback to low D personality type

Feedback should be thorough, detailed, and delivered with recommendations.

Resolving conflicts with low D personality type

Conflict is a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but should be handled with caution to avoid hurt feelings.

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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.

Planners tend to be energized by…
  • Analyzing every aspect of an important decision
  • Organizing information for other people to help them succeed
  • Taking time to understand how people are feeling about a recent change
  • Playing a supporting role on the team
Planners tend to be drained by…
  • Being solely responsible for large or important decisions
  • Looking for new opportunities without any guidance
  • Figuring things out as they go or thinking on their feet
  • Making decisions on behalf of other people without group input

Best jobs with a low D personality type

The best jobs for low D'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.