19 Mar The Mindset Advantage
Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Agility and Accountability
Our experience of working across many organisations suggests that all great leaders have a growth mindset. This mindset means they grow in their roles, and develop successful teams. They assume that talents can be developed and place value on learning, are open to feedback and confident in their ability to cultivate these things in others.
There are however still a great number of leaders in organisations who are fixed in their mindsets, assume that their own talents are set in concrete and place greater value on looking smart to others. Their assumption that talent and intelligence is set leads them to place little value in developing others, which foster a fixed mindset environment.
How do these mindsets impact a business?
In a fixed mindset culture, mistakes and failures are unacceptable to admit. The environment becomes risk adverse, one of preserving status withholding information.
However, in organisations with a growth mindset, accepted failure or mistakes become a way to learn more effectively and improve, as well as come up with solutions to problems that require further development.
Carol Dweck, creator of the Fixed vs Growth mindset concept, cites the collapse of Enron as an example result of a ‘talent obsessed’ fixed mindset culture, where leaders were so focused on looking good, that mistake making and learning became obsolete in the organisational culture.
In contrast, individual leaders with a growth mindset act as ‘multipliers’ by focusing their energy on developing others through evaluation, and feedback to create optimal motivation and teamwork. As they apply their own growth mindset to others in the organisation, they invest in strategies, programs and tools designed to enhance capability. The result is an organisation which is learning and responding to challenges, with a positive and agile culture, and an advantage over competitors.
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