Meet the High S Patterns


The high S patterns have many things in common, but each pattern has its own distinguishing characteristics as well. When pairing any of these patterns together, they will likely work well together and form a loyal bond, but they will operate on a very long timetable. So make sure to allow for a slower pace, set earlier deadlines than what you really need, and provide plenty of encouragement along the way. Forcing or rushing the pace will produce negative results.

High S patterns are also social. Pairing with high D’s or C’s can be very effective because the S pattern usually skilled at laying out detailed plans to accomplish the goal. However, the high D’s and C’s are not likely to exhibit the social warmth desired by the S’s, which may be interpreted as the D or C being angry, disappointed, or generally not liking the S. In reality, the D or C is simply in work mode, not social mode–two distinct and separate categories for D’s and C’s, but all mixed together for S’s. This very different approach can often cause projects to grind to a halt with high emotion if this is not constantly put back in front of the S, helping them set accurate expectations and gauge success in teamwork.


In general, the following tend to be High S Patterns . . .







Achievers have a powerful internal drive to accomplish their personal goals. This dogged pursuit of achievement means that they are industrious, diligent, and hardworking–often seeking to retain control over their personal and professional life. An intense interest in their own work may create situations where they place their own ambitions ahead of the group’s interests. On the other hand, because they work so hard toward success, it is not uncommon for them to help a team reach its ultimate goals.

Work Habits

The Achiever pattern often thinks highly of their own work, enjoys challenges, and operates at peak efficiency so they hit their goals. They have a hard time delegating. If delegation does occur, Achievers will quickly take responsibilities back if anything goes even slightly wrong. A rigorous sense of personal accountability results in strong pace setting for colleagues–expecting concrete results and high standards. This is more of a side-by-side teamwork than a collaborative one, as Achievers almost always keep their own goals as top priority. For this reason, it is best when their objectives easily blend with the group objectives.







Agent patterns are most content in a tight knit group which has little dissension. They have great empathy for others and friendship is very high in their list of values. In general, Agents want everyone to get along and with their inclusive nature, they rarely reject anyone. They usually refrain from aggressive behavior, trying to avoid conflict as best they can, so that a harmonious atmosphere can be created.

Work Habits

The Agent pattern is cordial and often displays a great distaste for confrontation. They tend to make others feel needed and secure. Efficient teamwork is usually viewed as the best method in an Agent’s opinion. The create positive working experiences by coordinating with others and appealing to their friendship to accomplish goals. Agent’s are quite effective at organizing and completing tasks due to their impressive attention to details and subtleties. They are then able to use this information to persuade others when necessary.

With all of the team focus and cooperation, Agents can ere to the side of enabling lazy team members. And because they dislike confrontation so much, they can be perceived as lacking toughness when necessary. 







Investigator patterns are quite driven, seeking formal roles and positions of authority. They want the power to make decisions. Investigators often serve as an anchor in reality because their thinking is quite concrete, preferring the use of logic over emotion or intuition. Since they are self-disciplined, dispassionate, and even aloof, Investigators are prone to internalize conflict to the point of allowing grudges to fester. This can reinforce their tendency to stick to the independent, solitary path.

Work Habits

Investigator patterns are skilled at prioritizing and organizing agendas. A calm, methodical pace allows them to work steadily on the orderly plan of action they create to tackle projects. Because the Investigator pattern views hard data as a trustworthy guide, they will depend on the use of facts to draw conclusions and interpret information. Challenging assignments with technical aspects or marketing or selling concrete plans or products are among some of the suitable tasks for the Investigator.

Investigators tend to prefer working in smaller groups or working alone. They are usually confident in their own thinking and ability to handle logic, so they are willing to fight for their beliefs. Unfortunately, this means that they do not do well with people who make emotional or sentimental arguments, they will not let go of their idea without several protests, and their colleagues may have to argue vehemently before they are convinced their idea is a lost cause.









Specialist patterns are considerate and patient even while seeking a controlled environment. By calculating the most reasonable approach, they will confront both technical problems and interpersonal squabbles in a predictable, consistent, and calm manner. Specialists desire to protect the status quo, which means they will naturally resist change and innovative methods. Their preferred approach to all things is moderation.

Work Habits

Specialists are dependable. They stay as organized and scheduled as possible, predictably following through on their responsibilities. Though Specialists prefer to hold on to familiar patterns and environments, they are willing to change if it is absolutely necessary and they are given plenty of time to adjust. They are able to work well with many different types, though they will naturally prefer the small number of relationships they build with competent colleagues.

Specialists will plan projects along specific channels and according to precise methods, make short-term plans and maintain a steady pace. This allows them to discover how to do a job very well. However, it may also cause them to have trouble saying any particular project is “finished.” If allowed, they will continue to tweak and revise solutions long after they have been proven acceptable.


Other high S’s may be. . .