Let’s explore Conformity– one of the 4 Cornerstone Behavioral Traits 


FYNS precisely measures four cornerstone behavioral traits, Dominance, Extroversion, Pace/Patience, and Conformity.  These are the DNA of your individual strengths, and combine to form your Basic/Natural Self, that is, how you function when there is freedom to respond in a completely natural way.


In this series of four blog posts, we are taking time to explain in some detail a key description of each trait. In the preceding three posts, we have looked at Dominance, your “Take-Charge Trait,” Extroversion, your “People Trait,” and Pace/Patience, your “Patience Trait.”  In this final post, we will take a closer look at Conformity, your “Systems/Quality Assurance Trait.”




Each trait, high to low, has its own value, specific strengths, and unique place in the world.


Conformity, referred to as the “Systems/Quality Assurance Trait,” gives us precise insight into how a person functions relevant to being: procedural, precise, loyal, and systematic to name a few.


Each of us have varying degrees and intensity of Conformity.  For example, two team members may be on opposite ends of the conformity spectrum.  One high and one low.  You might be on the high end of the conformity spectrum described as systems and quality assurance oriented in accomplishing a goal, whereas your teammate may be on the low end of the conformity spectrum described as independent and willing to venture into unchartered/unproven ways in accomplishing a goal.


The high Conformity person is highly procedural, precise, loyal, and systematic. They want structure, accuracy, security, and proven systems.  They don’t want unjustified criticism and high-risk actions.


When speaking to us they are conscientious, cautious, concerned, and detailed.


When listening they want clearly defined directions, respect, sincere praise, and prefer written guidelines with frequent updates.


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On the opposite end of the spectrum, like your teammate we just talked about, the strengths of your teammate’s low Conformity might be described as:


  • Characterized by a generalist orientation to life
  • Often show an independent attitude and uninhibited style
  • Relate well to activities that are out-of-the-ordinary or un-prescribed
  • Want freedom and minimal controls in all areas of life
  • Enjoy taking risks
  • May focus on detail that serves personal interest
  • May resent or show degrees of resistance, even hostility towards authority
  • Often state or imply that rules are meant to be broken
  • May prefer to ask forgiveness rather than permission


Remember, the higher your conformity, the more systems/quality assurance you will be, the lower the conformity the more independent you will be.  It takes a combination of different people with different strengths for true success and fulfillment in the journey!


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