Catalyst: What kind of leader are you?

I’ve been re-reading Mindset - How You Can Fulfil Your Potential. In it, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck explains that it's not just our abilities and talents that bring us success. Key to achieving what we're truly capable of is whether we approach our goals with a fixed or a growth mindset.

For a brilliant, and thought-provoking, explanation of the two different mindsets, check out this 2-minute clip:

In her book, Dweck quotes the sociologist Benjamin Barber:

"I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and the non-learners".

In our experience, the same is true for leaders. Every great leader will have faced projects or ideas that failed. Missing a target or misjudging a strategy doesn't tell us anything about someone's capability as a leader - it just tells us they're human. The important part is whether we choose to perceive these setbacks as failures – proving our fixed view of the world – or interpret them with a growth mindset, as experiments on the way to our ultimate success.

Dig deeper

How could a 'growth mindset' help you tackle your current focus? How can you apply this mindset on different levels - both to your individual leadership, and to your team?

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