People with the DI (Initiator) personality type tend to approach people and situations in an energetic, lively manner. They are likely to enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over with strong social skills and a knack for being persuasive.
DI Personality Traits
With a position on the middle top of the DISC, Initiators are typically perceived as more extraverted, and others may find themselves very engaged and absorbed in interactions. Initiators tend to communicate clearly and vividly to others using an emotionally expressive and demonstrative style.
In summary, DI personality types tend to...
- Approach people and situations in an energetic, lively manner.
- Eagerly take charge of social situations.
- Be vocal about opinions and ideas.
- Be resourceful, strong-willed, and self-reliant in pursuing goals.
- Use charisma to bring people together, build rapport and share ideas.
Strengths and Blindspots
Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.
- Effectively delegating responsibility for detailed tasks.
- Taking ownership and responsibility over results.
- Using verbal inspiration to direct others.
- Presenting the big picture enthusiastically when directing others.
- Quickly spotting new opportunities for advancement.
- Taking necessary risks and making bold decisions.
- Taking action with limited information.
- Creating novel solutions to challenging problems.
- Over-delegating the responsibility to follow through on details.
- Maintaining too much control over results.
- Providing insufficient structure for people who need a defined approach to work.
- Pursuing too many new ideas or opportunities at once.
- Working with a sense of urgency that may cause others unnecessary stress.
- Having trouble following consistent, predictable routines.
- Being sarcastic, which may cause miscommunication with more literal people.
How DI personality types like to work
Communicating with a DISC type DI
Be confident and assertive, and make sure you can stay objective rather than getting easily captivated or swayed with their persuasion skills.
Meeting with a DISC type DI
Meetings should be short and spontaneous, without a rigid agenda.
Emailing a DISC type DI
Emails should be short, to the point, and include very little detail.
Giving feedback to a DISC type DI
Feedback should be direct, actionable, and focused on the most important points.
Resolving conflict with a DISC type DI
Conflict can be a powerful tool to improve and discover better solutions, as long as people are comfortable with lively debate.
Motivators and Stressors
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.
DI personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...
- Presenting ideas and strategies to groups of people.
- Assigning detailed and analytical work to other people.
- Directing and motivating others to improve their performance.
- Creating new relationships and winning people over.
- Looking for new opportunities without much guidance.
- Taking calculated risks when presented with an opportunity.
- Making decisions quickly with limited data.
- Bouncing and riffing between multiple ideas at once.
- Taking primary responsibility and ownership over large projects.
DI personality types tend to be drained by...
- Establishing consistent daily routines.
- Providing one-on-one coaching and step-by-step instructions.
- Promoting teamwork and cooperation between parties.
- Researching previous ways people have accomplished goals to improve performance.
- Minimizing risk with structure, redundancy, and analysis.
- Providing detailed analysis and reports.
- Helping other people make plans.
- Organizing and clarifying information for other people.
- Presenting and analyzing all aspects of an important decision.
Initiators tend to thrive in environments where they can lead others to success and accomplish significant, measurable goals.
DI personality types feel energized at work when...
- They are asked to offer ideas that will help improve a groups’ performance.
- Their boss gives them a lot of authority.
- Their peers make an effort to listen to their ideas.
- Their direct reports think of them as great leaders.
DI personality types feel drained at work when...
- They need to analyze small details of a problem.
- Their boss expects them to follow orders without question.
- Their peers refuse to take risks.
- Their direct reports take feedback personally.
Best Jobs For DISC DI types
Initiators thrive in positions where they can pursue ambitious goals, advance quickly, and earn the recognition of their peers. They will typically be very comfortable with competitive environments and may be stressed by environments that are very rigid or structured in their culture.
Common jobs for people with DI personality types
- Sales Representative
- Account Executive
- Director of Talent Acquisition
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Marketing Manager
- Marketing Director
Initiators can help others think outside the box and make quick decisions, when working alongside those who are more thoughtful, cautious, and reserved. When working with another D-type, it is important for them to communicate calmly, while making a conscious effort to share leadership positions.
DI personality types tend to work well with others who...
- Take the time to build personal connections
- Work hard to achieve professional goals
- Welcome feedback or constructive criticism
DI personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...
- Take the power away from another dominant person
- Make a risky decision that doesn’t pay off
- Communicate bad news in a way that is perceived as offensive
Initiators can be ambitious, confident partners. If in a relationship with another dominant personality, it is key for them to learn how to balance their powerful dynamic.
In a romantic relationship, DI personality types bring strengths like...
- Natural enthusiasm and positive energy
- Sharing their point of view with open honesty
- Finding creative solutions to a recurring problem
In romantic relationships, DI personality types may have trouble...
- Being open and vulnerable
- Allowing their partner to lead
- Fully understanding their partner’s emotions
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