Dynamic is one of the eight Agile EQ mindsets, and may come most naturally for people with Di and iD DiSC® styles. If dynamic is one of your intuitive mindsets in Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™, use this article to learn more about its benefits and limitations, as well as what drives it.
If a dynamic attitude is one that takes more effort for you, see How to be more dynamic.
“I know what I want and I go after it.”
People with the dynamic mindset have a passion for persuasion. They are good at rallying colleagues to action and influencing change. They value momentum and excitement and are happy when shaping the world around them.
Dynamic people take initiative, set ambitious goals, and drive quickly toward them, taking concrete steps to transform ideas into reality. They want to make their mark and be at the center of the action. To do so, they are willing to take risks and seize opportunities. Naturally dynamic people often project strong, confident personalities that others find compelling.
Benefits of the dynamic mindset
A dynamic mindset allows you to
- create interest and momentum to move your ideas forward
- take concrete steps to make your ideas a reality
- take advantage of novel opportunities that might otherwise go untapped
- lead others with energy and confidence
- take action rather than moving in circles
- embrace exciting events that might cause negative stress for others
- give your ideas more of a fighting chance
Which needs drive the dynamic mindset?
Our innate mindsets—the ones we reach for automatically and with the least effort—are shaped by our individual needs. Dynamic people find the mindset comfortable because it helps them satisfy needs such as:
- making progress
- influencing people and decisions
- achieving great things
- experiencing stimulation, excitement, adventure, variety
- directing their own fate
- commanding attention
- being in control
Limitations of the dynamic mindset
The key to growing your agile emotional intelligence is being able to read a situation and call upon the best mindset for that moment. This involves developing an awareness of when you might be overusing the mindsets that are most comfortable to you. If you get stuck in the dynamic mindset, you might:
- disregard others’ concerns or forget to consider alternative options as you charge forward
- allow your drive to cloud your judgment
- allow your passion to overtake you
- push others to move ahead without giving them time to consider an issue
- be so goal-focused that you close yourself off to warning signs that something is wrong
- overwhelm your less dynamic colleagues, which can create resentment
- miss out on important or interesting discussions with people too reserved to speak up through your forcefulness
Growing your emotional agility
The Everything DiSC Agile EQ assessment provides concrete tips to grow your EQ and learn how to stretch into other attitudes. It’s a helpful resource to use when working with a leadership or life coach, mentor, or accountability partner.
Understanding your own intuitive mindsets is the first step in developing your emotional intelligence. Then, you’ll want to learn about the mindsets that other people naturally call upon. This shows you the benefits and limitations of those approaches, and also helps you understand your coworkers and other people in your life who feel comfortable using them.
The more you practice stretching into all available frames of mind and recognizing when each is appropriate, the more agile you’ll be in your response to complex situations you face throughout the day.
See also: How to be more dynamic