Low I - reserved in the workplace

Supporter Overview

Each letter of DISC represents certain behaviors and characteristics. The I (interactive) illustrates how people interact with others. I personality types are either more outgoing or reserved when it comes to interacting with people. 

What is a low I personality type?

A person with a low I personality type in their DISC profile is a Supporter. A Supporter is reserved when interacting with people. They would rather work with a well-known group of people with whom they are already familiar than someone with a high I personality type who likes to be outgoing with everyone.

Low I personality traits

A person that has the Supporter personality type likes to be more reserved other people. They’re talkative with their established circle of friends and close associates, but they tend to be more shy with people they've recently met.

Supporter personality traits:
  • Reserved in public settings and more outgoing in small groups
  • Restrained when expressing emotion
  • Discreet when it comes to sharing personal information
  • Shy when it comes to meeting new people
  • Supportive of other people and their goals

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
  • Help bring the team together through loyal relationships
  • Provide a calm presence for others in tough situations
  • Build trusting relationships by rewarding reliability
  • Support others to achieve organizational goals
Potential drawbacks: challenges they’ll need to overcome
  • Avert situations when they feel intimidated
  • Avoid making decisions that potentially involve losing approval
  • Display discomfort when communicating with strong-willed or aggressive people
  • Refrain from speaking up even when something is wrong
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Communication style

Communicating with low I personality type

Conversations should be in a warm and friendly tone to connect on a deeper level and create trust. Stick to business topics versus personal discussions. Meetings can be done remotely unless an in-person discussion is required, and should focus less on emotion. Emails should be neutral and specific to business.

How to give feedback to low I personality type

Feedback should be thoughtfully explained and delivered with empathy, but unemotionally and without bias.

Resolving conflicts with low I personality type

Conflict is a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but approach with caution to avoid harming relationships.

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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.

Supporters tend to be energized by…
  • Collaborating alongside people they know and trust
  • Contributing solely to work where they can shine without having to be in the spotlight
  • Working behind the scenes in support of others
  • Listening without bias or needing to correct
Supporters tend to be drained by…
  • Meeting new people all the time
  • Taking ownership over deadlines of a large group
  • Dealing with people they don’t know or trust to determine a solution
  • Being constantly pulled out of their shell

Best jobs with a low I personality type

The best jobs for low I'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.