Growth Mindset and The Team3 min read

I was having a conversation a couple of weeks back with a client about creating the dream team. This is an individual who’s been working with me for about five years and worked on a lot of things. Most importantly, improving himself as a leader, organizer, and entrepreneur, he’s gotten better at delegation, shifting a lot of the responsibility from him to others. As he was sharing, he mentioned, “Coach, I’m hiring somebody new, but they have to think like me. I want people with a growth mindset to represent my organization because we’re going somewhere and they have to understand that.”

The conversation circled around that exact statement. Yes, as we create a culture in our organization, a vision, and a mission, we want people that align with that vision, mission, and culture. However, when you’re building an organization, remember and understand the DISC profiles. D is dominant, I is influencing. S is steady, and C is compliant. Now, people who are a combination of SC, they’re more analytical and steadier. They don’t like going out inside their comfort zone, and they don’t necessarily like taking risks. So those folks might not be very goal-oriented. They might not have big dreams. If you as a leader expect them to have big dreams, they just might not.

However, here’s something to think about. The DIs are usually the people running the show or the salespeople, Ds are dominant, I’s are influencing. They like to establish goals. They’re going to strive and go for it. Those are the folks that are either running the company and/or usually making the big sales. The CSs, the compliant ones, the steady ones, the reserved ones are the ones dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. One trait about a high S, is they’re very loyal however, sometimes ISs don’t have big dreams for themselves, but they’re great supporters of your big dreams.

Consider, as you’re building in an organization, yes, if you have salespeople, you want people with big dreams, you want the DIs that are going to establish big goals. They’re going to strive, they’re going to go for it, they’re going to be building those relationships, and they’re always going to be looking to create more, which is winning for them, winning for the customer, and is a winning situation for you. However, you always want the slow, steady, and compliant people in the background who don’t necessarily have big dreams because that might intimidate them. However, they’re all about supporting the organization, supporting you, and being who they need to be so you can be at your best. This way, you can just run and create an organization that works for you and everyone else in it.

The message here is don’t always get caught up with the people on your team who have to think like you. They don’t. They just need to support your thinking, vision, mission, and culture, of exactly where the organization is going, and be that person on the team that helps you get there.

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com