Be a Growth Minded Leader

The best leaders are growth minded

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(Special note: I’ll be announcing the details of my next book: The Little Book of Personal Growth soon).

Author Tom Hopkins wisely says, “You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.” There are two main types of attitudes when it comes to personal growth and development. People who are fixed minded and those who are growth minded. Those who are fixed minded tend to believe they are either naturally good or bad at something, so they never attempt to improve on the areas that might potentially benefit them. This applies even if those areas are in their strength zone since they have the attitude of being great in or fixed in the amount of skill they can obtain. A person who is growth minded understands they can always improve and get better, especially if the area they are improving is in their personal strength zone. The best leaders regularly invest in personal growth. To be a growth minded leader I suggest:

Always be open to learn

No matter your title or level of success you should remain open to learning new things and advancing your skill sets. Learn from those around you and from your personal growth time. Determine for yourself that you will always be growing and learning. The advice Meister Eckhart offers us reminds us how we can be open to learning and remain growth minded. He said, “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

Measure yourself

You need to take time to measure yourself. Ask yourself and reflect on these two questions: How skilled and competent are you in your chosen field and are you where you want to be at in your life? You need to take time to honestly evaluate your life and identify the areas you need to grow and develop so you are able to reach your full potential.

Schedule time for personal growth

When you have found those areas you want to grow you need to take time engaging in personal growth content. You must have a personal growth plan. It might be reading, listening to audio content, getting a coach or mentor, obtaining a college degree, attending conferences, or practicing or a combination of 2 or more of these. Find the growth methods that are the best match for you and schedule time to engage in personal growth on a weekly basis.

Question: How do you remain growth minded?

(Special note: I’ll be announcing the details of my next book: The Little Book of Personal Growth soon).

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  • My one thought you covered in your first point Dan. If I, as a leader, am unwilling to learn or listen to someone who may be critiquing me then I will stop growing. Simple as that.

    • Hi, Bill,

      So very true, it’s starts with the person. Thank you for sharing.

  • I keep and check goals regularly.

  • Goal setting is essential to keeping you on track.

    • Goals are so important. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • DS

    Curiosity helps me with being growth minded. How can I do this, how can I do it better, where can I improve are all fundamental questions that I try to ask. Once I answer those questions, I seek out resources such as video, audio, and written content, as well as individuals who have experience in the area.

    • Being curios helps to be growth minded. Great questions to ask and ways to answer those questions. Thank you for adding to the topic.