The importance of having a ‘Growth’ mindset
Every organization offers business owners of all kinds. There are business owners who innately have a mindset of being superior to their employees and constantly trying to prove their genius and boost their own ego. But, unfortunately, they primarily rely on naturally talented people instead of creating an environment of developing talent and embellishing skills – through praise of intelligence over those who show improvement through hard work, effort and upskilling. These leaders usually have, what they call, fixed mindset.
On the other hand, there are business owners who are leaders, in the true essence of the word. They strive to cultivate a high learning culture within and have a mindset to provide an environment conducive to upskilling to help their employees grow into better professionals and individuals. They focus on their employees’ strengths and hire talent who are willing to learn, grow and have the potential to consistently stretch their learning spectrum through sheer determination and persistence. These leaders are those with a growth mindset.
Having a growth mindset benefits both the individual and the organization at large. However, what is crucial is, what does it mean to have a growth mindset and how should leaders promote a growth mindset in the workplace?
According to Stanford professor Carol Dweck in her book Mindset, individuals with a growth mindset believe that their success is a result of the time, effort, and persistence they invest and that their skills and intelligence can be improved through the same. They look for constructive criticism, embrace challenges and push through tough times.
The benefits of having employees with a growth mindset in the organization are: they are more committed to their role and in turn the organization, grow to be great problem solvers, constantly look for means to fuel their creativity, and are more willing to learn from others by surrounding themselves with people smarter than them.
At Vertex, we encourage and foster a growth mindset in the workplace through:
- Providing constructive feedback that is growth-oriented
- Encouraging employees to experiment with new ideas with the intention to learn
- Accepting mistakes as a learning lesson and encouraging a solution mindset
- Creating learning opportunities to help employees upskill
- Valuing learning and growth over talent and success
Does your organization encourage a growth mindset?
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