Being a leader means you must wear the heavy mantle of responsibility for other people, whether you lead a team of two people or two thousand. Your employees watch your actions, listen to your words, and follow your example – positive or not. Bearing this in mind, you need to determine how your leadership style impacts your organization’s culture and atmosphere.
To understand your leadership style, first evaluate your mindset. How do you think about your role as a leader? What unspoken or rarely articulated beliefs, values and ideas do you bring to your work, and how might they affect your employees? The culture that you establish can trickle down to impact the entire customer experience and influence diverse business processes.
Defining and Understanding the Two Leadership Mindsets
When it comes to motivating and inspiring others, we can identify two fundamental ways of thinking about leadership:
- Fixed mindset. Individuals operating in this mindset believe they were born with their abilities, talents, and intelligence. They view these traits as “fixed,” so they spend little to no time attempting to grow or develop them in themselves or others. Instead, they focus on preparing and appearing smart, competent, and able at all times.
- Growth mindset. These leaders operate on a developmental level. They understand that not everyone has the intelligence, creativity, or ingenuity to be “the next Einstein,” but they also believe in the possibility of continuous improvement and development. They frequently seek growth through knowledge, effort, and persistence and pursue resources such as seminars, ongoing education courses, and other social or industry opportunities.
Your current and future success depends largely on how you view yourself. Do you believe you have already obtained all the skills, abilities, and knowledge you will ever possess? If so, engaging in learning opportunities probably doesn’t hold much value for you.
Unfortunately, when you become convinced of your own perfection, you may lose your drive to test yourself or learn more about your field. This “why fix what isn’t broken?” mentality can cause your business to stagnate and manifest in your team as lethargy or in-the-box thinking.
On the other hand, if you adopt and cultivate a “growth” mindset, you will always believe you have much more to learn and accomplish. From reading books to taking development courses, you will continually strive to improve yourself and your organization. As a result, you will be more likely to implement innovative new changes and inspire others to do the same.
Even if you intellectually understand the need to be flexible and to adapt more of a “growth” mindset, changing your leadership personality is anything but easy and intuitive. Fortunately, Advanceyourleadership.com can provide the tools you need to become the most effective version of yourself. Peruse our site for more information about what it takes to lead with excellence, and sign up for our mailing list today to explore valuable leadership resources that can help you inspire your team, increase your revenue and secure your future.