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To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset

Deliberative and Implemental Mindsets

  • Leaders with a deliberative mindset are open to all kinds of information to ensure they think and act as best as possible.
  • Leaders with an implemental mindset focus on implementing decisions without considering new or different ideas.

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To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset

To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset

https://hbr.org/2020/01/to-be-a-great-leader-you-need-the-right-mindset

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Mindsets in leaders

Mindsets drive what leaders do and why they do it. 

Two different leaders might face the same situation but respond to it very differently. One leader might see the case as threatening, whereas the other leader might see it as an opportunity.

Growth and Fixed Mindsets

A growth mindset is a belief that anyone can change their talents, abilities, and intelligence. Those with a growth mindset:

  • take on challenges
  • take advantage of feedback
  • use the most effective problem-solving strategies
  • provide developmental feedback
  • is persistent in accomplishing goals

Conversely, those with a fixed mindset believe that talents, abilities and intelligence can't be improved.

Learning and Performance Mindsets

Leaders with a learning mindset are motivated to increase their competence and master something new.

A performance mindset desires to gain favorable judgments about competence and avoid negative judgements.

Deliberative and Implemental Mindsets

  • Leaders with a deliberative mindset are open to all kinds of information to ensure they think and act as best as possible.
  • Leaders with an implemental mindset focus on implementing decisions without considering new or different ideas.

Promotion and Prevention Mindsets

  • Leaders with a promotion mindset identify a specific goal and are focused on progress toward the destination.
  • Leaders with a prevention mindset are focused on avoiding losses and preventing problems.

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Classic leadership practices

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Long-Term Outlook

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Curiosity encourages members of a group to put themselves in one another’s shoes and take an interest in one another’s ideas rather than focus only on their own perspective.

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