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Welcome to the third in our series, highlighting the importance of having a Growth Mindset. Over the past year, our #LeadingLights research project has allowed us to model plenty of aspirational people. And throughout, we have discovered that they all share a common characteristic: a growth mindset. Could this be the secret to their leadership success? We certainly think so!

We started by looking at the importance of learning from others, and then focused on the importance of welcoming feedback in order to improve. This time we discover the importance of self-belief and having confidence in yourself…

Growth Attribute No.3: Self-belief – “I am somebody, regardless of success”

Dr Seuss The power of the mind is incredible. Believe you can, and you will! Stanford Professor Carol Dweck found just this when researching the growth mindset.

“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.” Dr. Carol Dweck

But who exactly are you proving yourself to? Why live with the sole purpose of showing others what you can do?

Be proud of yourself and your achievements. By embracing a growth mindset, Dweck recommends looking at the hand you’re dealt as a starting point, rather than the be all and end all. Strive for more, learn more, do more, be more. But never put yourself down. When something you are attempting doesn’t go to plan – is that failure? No! It’s an opportunity to learn.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

Almost all of our #LeadingLights stressed the importance of believing in yourself and going with your gut. Why would anyone believe in you, if you can’t even believe in yourself? #LeadingLight Keren Limor-Waisberg who pioneered a web-based platform to help people discover, understand, and explore scientific texts has got where she is by being honest with herself and strongly recommends you “appreciate who you are”.

Up and coming artist and #leadinglight Charron Pugsley-Hill says “be genuine and authentic.” She has tremendous self-belief and doesn’t compromise her ethics.  This led to her turn down the opportunity to exhibit with Tracey Emmins and Banksie because it was connected to a political cause she didn’t believe in.

Self-belief means not pretending to be something you’re not.  Pretense only leads to inner conflict. Be proud of what you have achieved, and what you will go on to achieve. With a growth mindset, the possibilities are endless!

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Difficult Conversations? There must be a better wayWelcome to the fourth in our series, highlighting the importance of having a Growth Mindset. Over the past year, our #LeadingLights research project has allowed us to model plenty of aspirational people. And throughout, we have discovered that they all share a common characteristic: a growth mindset. Could this be the secret to their career success? We certainly think so!

We started by looking at the importance of learning from others, then focused on the importance of welcoming feedback in order to improve.  Most recently we wrote about the importance of self-belief and being proud your achievements! This time we look at why continuous improvement is actually one of your most valuable assets…

Growth Attribute No.4: Continuous improvement “Becoming is better then being”

If you have a fixed mindset, you believe that you are dealt a hand at birth, and that sticks with you throughout the game of life. But is that right? Absolutely not, says Dr. Carol Dweck. Her research found that those people with a growth mindset had a far greater potential to become successful, than those with a fixed mindset.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou

The nature of a fixed mindset means those people avoid new challenges, and prefer to stick with what they know in order to avoid any embarrassing failure. On the other hand, those with the growth mindset embrace challenges, seeing them as an opportunity for continuous improvement. Dweck wrote: “When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In the [growth mindset] world  – the world of changing qualities – it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.”

As we’ve previously discussed, learning is an invaluable tool that can benefit your health and happiness, consequently having a positive effect on your career. No one is perfect! There are ways that we can all improve, so a crucial part of a growth mindset is being able to identify your own potential. Many of us have perceived fears or barriers which keep us in our comfort zone and prevent us from reaching our full potential.

People with a growth mindset like sports performance coach and #LeadingLight Nigel Hetherington is a great example of this.  He is passionate about “giving everything your best shot”. Give your all, and you will surely get what you deserve!

It’s a continuous improvement mindset which some of us may have, but of course for others it will need to be learned. By encouraging your team to not fear failure and believe in themselves, you will help to instill a growth mindset.  HR Director and #LeadingLight David Frost loves to inspire people to develop.  He expands people’s minds in unusual ways by getting them to work with a Horse Whisperer or an Opera singer!

Patricia Pearce MBE, another of our incredible #LeadingLights singlehandedly raised funds and arranged logistics annually to give children with a bad start in life a trip to Disney World.  Their self-confidence boosted and no longer the odd one out with a disability, some of these children have gone on to become Paralympians. No matter what your age, there is always more to learn, something new to accomplish, someone better to become.

Don’t miss the next in the series; send us an email and we’ll add you to our mailing list so we can give you a nudge when it’s ready

Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals to achieve their career aspirations and proactively manage their careers.

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