What is a Fixed Mindset?
A fixed mindset assumes that our character, intelligence and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change and that success is an affirmation of inherent intelligence. People with a fixed mindset strive for success and avoid failure at all costs to maintain the sense of being smart and skillful. Success is proof that you are smart and talented.
What is a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure as a springboard for growth and for stretching abilities – not as evidence of unintelligence.
People who believe that you can cultivate qualities through your effort and practice have a growth mindset. A growth mindset creates a passion for learning rather than a hunger for approval. People with a growth mindset don’t just seek challenge – they thrive on it.
Research shows that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. Your beliefs determine whether or not you accomplish things that you value. Believing that your qualities are carved in stone (fixed mindset) creates the need to prove yourself over and over.
How does mindset affect leadership?
Carol Dweck’s research indicates that when feedback is given based on effort, “you worked really hard on that,” that improvement and engagement is increased. When feedback is give on ability, “you must be really smart,” people are less inclined to take on new challenges. If they fail on a task, they must not be smart.
Do you want to know if you have a fixed or growth mindset?
Register for this month’s call, I’ll send you a questionnaire that we will debrief on the call. We’ll also discuss methods to move to a growth mindset.
Here is an interesting article on fixed and growth mindset.
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