Meet the High D Patterns

The high D patterns have many things in common, but each pattern has its own distinguishing characteristics as well. When pairing any of these patterns together, be sure to clearly define roles and responsibilities. Two high D’s without boundaries can be like two bulls in the same pasture. It’s not pretty! On the other hand, with expectations clearly articulated, the two can be a powerhouse of accomplishment.

Due to the intense task-orientedness of the high D patterns, pairing with high i’s and S’s should be carefully managed. The high D’s are not likely to exhibit the social warmth desired, and may need frequent reminders to ask about social interests before diving straight into the tasks. Below, you will find a brief overview the most common high D profiles.







The Developer loves new challenges! The more complicated, the better. They are independent thinkers who search for their own solutions. Original challenges fuel them. Often asking: Is there a better way? Developers have no hesitation ignoring conventional thinking and focusing on results instead. Their answers to perplexing issues are frequently ground breaking and unprecedented. Developers create innovative solutions and do whatever it takes to succeed.

Work Habits

Developer patterns are comfortable trail blazing. They are independent, self-reliant and strong-willed. The more pressure, the more likely they are to work alone. Good results matter most and others will be judged by their ability to deliver. Persistence in solving dilemmas is of utmost importance, which means the Developer will achieve the solutions they want–whether through force or subtle manipulation or somewhere in between.

Because of the intense focus on achieving their goals, Developers can be known as uncaring or even belligerent. They do not give frequent pats on the back and their criticism can take a harsh tone when group settings are hindering results.







Results-Oriented patterns are quick thinkers who portray self-confidence. They are determined and persistent, displaying a dominant personality which is often viewed as forceful and direct. Comfortable in positions of importance and authority, Results-Oriented patterns relish competitive situations. They are comfortable verbalizing their true feelings and, therefore, are not easily intimidated and have no trouble asserting their authority. Often misinterpreted as an air of self-importance, their fierce independence and occasional impatience can cause them to seem blunt and uncaring with others.

Work Habits

Results-Oriented patterns are always looking for new ways to stretch their abilities and develop their skills to accomplish challenging goals. They prefer unique assignments and fresh opportunities to static routines and predictable work. Slow, methodical work, direct controls and time-consuming details are frustrating. A fast pace is energizing and enjoyable as they push themselves to achieve solid results. Persistent in the face of obstacles and uncompromising in their drive for quality solutions, the Results-Oriented tenacity greatly benefits their organization.

They will naturally be frustrated by committees and team projects unless it is they who are recruiting help for their project. Even then, they will most likely designate the details and routine work to others around them. Uninspired, or slow workers are often on the receiving end of impatience, fault-finding and sheer force of character; while colleagues who can achieve fast, dependable results earn the Results-Oriented pattern’s respect and appreciation.







Inspirational patterns have a dazzling ability to persuade others whether through charm or intimidation. The most important factor for Inspirationals is control over their environment and audience. Though they are clear in their own mind about the results they want, the Inspirational will not always articulate those ambitions; preferring to accomplish the goal through cooperation and persuasion rather than blatant domination. On one hand they will be warm and sociable, yet downplay their need for affection and maintain a degree of emotional distance–all as part of the process of persuading others.

Work Habits

Inspirational patterns have impressive verbal skills and natural ability to give others direction which they use to effectively motivate people and initiate projects within their work environment. They tend to have an idea of whom they want on their team ahead of time–those with social power and a controllable strength of character or sense of character. This way, the group can be groomed to accept the goals before the actual agenda is revealed. Naturally astute at identifying colleagues’ motives and desires, Inspirationals frequently customize reward systems which get people on their side–friendship, security, even authority–whatever it takes to secure assistance, especially for repetitive or time-consuming tasks.

Because Inspirationals likely see aggression as a legitimate form of expression, they may become belligerent, quarrelsome and even override colleagues’ decisions when they are frustrated in their drive to achieve their goals. Whether admired or feared, the Inspirational will tap into whatever emotional response they provoke in others to better persuade them.







Creative patterns tend to seek unique accomplishments and innovative solutions. They love change; it is exhilarating. A natural focus on concrete results rather than social decorum may cause the Creative pattern to be experienced as aloof or emotionally withdrawn at times. And, though they frequently display great sensitivity, they may not hesitate to show an aggressive side to get what they want. While they may try to dominate or control the situation, this does not typically indicate hunger for power. Rather, they desire an atmosphere where they have the freedom to try out their creative solutions, testing and examining the findings.

Work Habits

Creative patterns initiate and design change, often by bucking the status quo, influencing how organizational systems develop. They tend to influence how quickly a project moves and how successful it is. Able to think quickly and react rapidly, when confronted with a crisis or sudden plans, indecisiveness is rarely a problem. However, Creatives do prefer having the time to examine and explore the options before making a final decision. The higher their C, the more this is true. Creative patterns also tend to have great foresight.

If a project turns out to be unimaginative or routine, they will lose interest very quickly. Bad attitudes can develop if their creativity is restrained. Frustration develops if the Creative is unable to obtain their high standards or goals. As a result, they can be blunt and overly critical in their verbal interactions.