Successful Leadership in a Growth Mindset

Mahatma Gandhi -The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.

How dedicated are you to your success? Do you have the winners mindset or do you give up at the first sign of difficulty? Like most of us, I’m sure you are some where in between. Truth is, if we desire success we need to embrace optimal mindset that will bring us there.

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In psychologist Carol Dweck’s excellent book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” she defines two “mindsets” which either define success or its opposite. She brilliantly sums up the two key mindsets individuals can hold as either growth or fixed.

Fixed Mindset

Dweck defines a fixed mindset as one that you see your talents as finite, fixed traits which cannot be developed. A person with a fixed mindset might think:

“I’m shy”
“I’m no good at speaking in public”
“I don’t have the character for leadership”

The fixed mindset individual shy’s away from challenges and obstacles, putting little effort in personal growth. The habit most used by those with a fixed mindset is to maintain the status quo.

Growth Mindset

Growth mindset instead sees your talents as capacities that can be developed and improved with effort and hard work. A person with a growth mindset might think:

“I practice being more outgoing until I become more confident and outgoing”
“I work toward being a better speaker by diligent practice”
“I will develop the character of a great leader by learning from the greats”

The growth mindset has a strong desire to learn and grow. It embraces challenges with persistence and sees effort as the path to mastery of any skill-set. Truth is a growth mindset helps your motivation toward your goals – whatever they are.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. —Carol Dweck

Are you Growth Minded?

So I ask, which are you? Do you think your mindset effects your efforts and outcomes as a leader or a speaker? What is your leadership mindset? Until then, I look forward to seeing and hearing of your success and growth as a leader. Success is right in front of you — seize it and find the path gracefully unfold before you.

Joseph Guarino is a professional public speaker, trainer and owner of the Institute of Public Speaking a Boston based international public speaking & leadership training organization. As a seasoned public speaking trainer & professional speaker he enjoys helping other succeed in this worthy and rewarding craft. The Institute of Public Speaking offers a variety of public speaking courses for individuals (1 on 1 training), executive speech coaching, one day public speaking bootcamps, advanced public speaking bootcamps and public speaking seminars for corporations & groups of any size.
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