The Dynamic Leader

fa4a60e2-4fd9-4e1a-a761-998d06f56234Many times, you hear people use dynamic as an adjective to describe a person or a leadership style but never as an ability. The word dynamic is defined as a force that stimulates change or progress within a system. It’s important to understand that dynamic is the English root word derived from the Greek word Dunamis or dynamis meaning “power” or “force”.

A dynamic or powerful leader is one who stimulates change. As a leader, it’s important to understand your role in the change process. John Maxwell says it best when he states, “Leadership is Influence nothing more, nothing less.” Your subordinates come to you with predisposed systems concerning their growth, ability, and awareness. As a Leader, you must invest time in coaching. Every time you coach them with their personal development, educational, and company goals, you are like a force of dynamite destroying these systems hindering their ability to perform at optimum level.

Marine CPL Matthew Progen explains for leadership to be effective it needs to be dynamic. Dynamic leadership is a dual-focused form of adaptive leadership that allows a leader to react to changes by being proactive.  When you are attuned to your team, you readily identify aspects that can stifle progress or change.

Finally, know that dynamic leadership require a powerful vision which is not only great but can influence and move people towards the objective and goal of what needs to be achieved. In the book, “Leaders:  Strategies for Taking Charge”, by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, they explain this point by saying, Leaders lead by mobilizing people around a compelling vision of the future, by inspiring them to follow in the leader’s footsteps. They show people what’s possible and motivate them to make those possibilities real. They energize and focus people in ways that fulfill their dreams, give them a sense of purpose, and leave them with a profound sense of accomplishment when the work is done. Leaders lead by modeling ways of thinking or acting and by encouraging innovative ways of looking at situations, and by so doing they give people the words and the courage to make those innovative ways their own. Now that’s the sign of a true dynamic leader. In the words of James Carter “Jimmie” Walker, That’s “dyn-o-mite!”


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