How Can Leaders Develop a Growth Mindset Within Their Team
A growth mindset focuses on the way one views challenges and setbacks. People with a growth mindset believe that even if they are struggling, their abilities aren't set in stone. That with work, their skills can improve.
This may seem like a lofty goal because leaders have to deal with driving goals, dealing with people with different personalities, and setbacks of their own, developing a growth mindset within your team is crucial for success. A team with a growth mindset will have the foundation necessary to grow, solve problems, and have a culture of continuous improvement.
Let's dig deeper into further understanding what a growth mindset is, the benefits of having a growth mindset, and how to develop this within yourself and your team.
What is a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is a mindset that believes that everyone can improve or learn- regardless of their starting point. This requires having a positive perspective and understanding that improvements with intelligence and abilities come with effort and practice. This is in opposition of a fixed mindset where people believe that their abilities are static and unable to be changed.
Carol Dweck, an American Psychologist, claims that if people believe that they can do better, they start to understand that putting in that extra effort will make them stronger. It is through that extra effort that ultimately leads to higher achievement.
This means that you can achieve excellence by improving your skillset with the help of a growth mindset. Thinking in this way helps us overcome setbacks and failure by helping us stay motivated and focused on our goals. Therefore a growth mindset, allows us to develop more in our lives and is what enables us to grow.
Benefits for Managers and Their Teams
1. It unlocks the potential within yourself and your team
Here we want to focus on opportunities for growth rather than fixating on limitations. When everyone on a team has a growth mindset, it creates a sense of unity and collective responsibility leading to better performance and success.
2. It changes your view of failure
People with a growth mindset view failure as a learning experience that helps them improve and come back stronger next time. Because people with a growth mindset don't give up one their goals, they find ways to overcome obstacles.
3. It builds resilience in the face of setbacks and challenges
Having a growth mindset requires that you believe that success is achievable, no matter what. To do this, you need to focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses. Building that confidence will provide reassurance that you have the strength and courage to face set backs and challenges head on.
4. It fosters creativity and new ideas
This mindset allows managers and their teams to think outside the box and come up with new ideas because it encourages people to explore and question traditional ways of thinking.
5. It strengthens collaboration
In teams with a growth mindset, there is a natural environment of collaboration and sharing of ideas. Team members have the confidence and willingness needed to make decisions with their leader. This leads to more trust, open communication. It builds better relationships, and a better understanding of the team's goals.
How do You Develop a Growth Mindset as a Manager?
1. Develop self-awareness
It is important for you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. This understanding guides you on what you need to improve or change. You will feel more capable and more importantly feel the capacity to improve.
2. Build on your strengths
Focusing on building your strengths will push you further and makes you growth-oriented.
3. Focus improving your weaknesses
Instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, it is important for you to raise the bar. This will help build confidence and help you reach your greater potential.
4. Focus on progress and action instead of perfectionism
Perfectionism is out of context for a growth-oriented mindset. Instead, it focuses on constant learning, improving, and taking risks instead of establishing a fixed pedestal and being satisfied with achieving it. Therefore, as a manager, you should not aim for perfectionism. Instead, you must strive for consistent progress, which can push you to unlock better versions of yourself as time passes.
5. Celebrate successes, even small ones
Celebrate your successes even if they don’t come exactly as you planned. This is because your attitude towards your doings will be more encouraging, and you can get a greater sense of satisfaction if your efforts meet with success. When you take the time to reflect on your achievements, you’ll begin to see that you are capable of more than you thought. This will motivate you to compete with yourself and keep getting better with time.
How do you develop a growth mindset in your team?
1. Create a culture of continuous learning
By ensuring that everyone in your team is in a constant learning process, you set the tone for continuous improvement and progress, which are the keys to developing it. This will help your team become better at their jobs and take on new challenges with ease.
2. Raise awareness of a growth mindset and its benefits
When the team is aware of its benefits, there is a high probability that they will be motivated to develop it. Also, by raising awareness on this subject among your team members, you can help them understand how to use this helpful shift in thinking to make crucial decisions and take intelligent actions that contribute to greater success.
3. Encourage individual growth
Managers also need to encourage individual progress within their teams. The best way to do that is by providing them with the right opportunities, setting clear expectations and realistic goals, and providing feedback that is both honest and helpful. It will also be vital for them to remove any roadblocks that may result in growth.
4. Reward effort and contributors for their success
Managers should reward effort and contributors for their success. This will help contributors see their hard work as a sign of pride and be more motivated to continue contributing their best in the future, which is the essence of this mindset. Further, it will create an environment where everyone feels encouraged to put in extra effort and contribute to the organization. That will ensure a growth-oriented attitude for your entire team.
A growth mindset is essential for success in any field of work. By understanding that mindset, you can work to develop an attitude of success for yourself and your team. Once you and your team foster this mindset, you all will unlock the foundation necessary to grow, solve problems, and have a culture of continuous improvement.