If you’re going to be a successful leader, one of the top qualities you must have is a growth mindset. However, knowing that and honing that skill are two separate things. There are some practices you can initiate that will help you develop a growth mindset and, as you do, your leadership qualities will improve.
Keep an Open Mind
Establishing a growth mindset can’t be accomplished, if you can’t keep an open mind, especially when it comes to recognizing the needs of others. That means understanding the needs of the client or customer, but also recognizing those needs of your own team members. In doing what you can to meet the needs of your employees, you’ll ensure they will do the same for your customers.
Learn to Love Risk
Risk may not be a good thing, when it’s the predecessor to loss, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come to view it positively. In fact, that’s necessary for a growth mindset. To grow, you will have to take risks often. That may mean living in a constant state of uncertainty, but it also means maximizing the potential for growth.
Learn to See the Big Picture
If all you’re seeing is that which is right in front of you and what’s coming at you in a given moment, you’re missing opportunities that come with a broader view. By going beyond a linear view to see the whole picture, you’ll be better able to use assets and resources to their fullest potential.
Anticipate the Unexpected
Another way to maintain a growth mindset is by looking toward the future and preparing for the worst. In anticipating what can go wrong and be prepared for it, you won’t be left in a crisis, when those things do take a wrong turn. Anticipating the unexpected can also help you prepare for growth and future opportunities for investment by setting you up to deploy a strategy for those ventures.
Know What’s Expected of You
Finally, it’s important to understand that your team will have certain expectations of you. This is a cycle that you set in motion by letting your team know what they can expect from you from the very beginning. They will watch you and learn from you, so it will be important to be consistent. This is your opportunity to guide the growth of the team and to develop a system in which everyone works efficiently together.
Developing and keeping a growth mindset means being wary of your actions and your views. All of these traits will come together to evolve your leadership style, so you will have to maintain control over that process. When you do take command of how you lead, you can become the type of leader you envision.