The way you carry yourself projects clues to those around you. Whether or not you’re aware of it, we all play the role of leader in many different areas of our daily lives.
Leaders, for instance, have a common trait of certainty within their mindset. They have the ability to be decisive while expressing their viewpoints with certainty. This allows them to inspire people around them. After all, change requires inspiration and participation.
So, where does it all begin and how do you become a leader?
It comes from within and evolves over time, along with your mindset and brain development. A person needs to have specific set qualities to be a good leader. Some of these qualities include positivity, assertiveness, and most of all, they need to be inspiring.
Generally speaking, the majority of people are guided by one of two mindsets that control their thinking, decision-making, and responses. These mindsets can affect leadership styles.
Two Types of Mindset
Arranged (or Fixed) Mindset
Someone with a fixed mindset believes we are all born with a certain set of skills and competencies. We either have a certain set of skills or we don’t. It’s all binary.
Individuals with this mindset also spend much of their time validating their perceived level of intelligence and talent, rather than trying to develop it. As a result, this mindset decreases their chances of growth potential.
A fixed mindset lets you believe that your talent alone creates success without effort. Or that a lack of talent cannot be overcome no matter the effort you put into things.
People with this mindset also pre-judge their own performance in terms of ability and capability. In their mind, everything is permanent; and that becomes their inner belief.
For this, they often seek easy achievements and normally make excuses for under-performance and/or poor outcome. After all, their performance is what validates their self-belief. Needless to say, this view is what prevents them from trying harder. This also curbs development and hinders success. You simply get stuck in your own thought process.
A person with a fixed mindset hardly ever looks for change. They would rather blame their situation, circumstance, or someone else. Leadership styles affected by a fixed mindset impede your ability to adapt, limiting your opportunity for personal growth and success.
With a growth mindset, individuals believe that the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and commitment. They presume that their intelligence and talent are simply just the starting point.
They envision their own success and take ownership for achieving it. This allows them to embrace the various challenges brought by learning. They also recognize that certain failures along the way are simply part of the building process.
This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Intelligence and talent become leveraged with a growth in mental capacity.
This is what strengthens the ability to endure hardships and challenges that will be faced as one matures and goes through life. A growth mindset allows for accepting responsibility and adaptability to change.
Leadership Styles and True Leadership
Leadership evolves from a growth mindset. One can quickly immerse himself into the pursuit of success, along with the desire to share and teach, much like educators. In fact, education is just one of the many fields that require people to develop a growth mindset.
Elementary school teachers (along with other educators) for example, have the power to mold young minds and help children find pathways to reach their full potential. In order to lead a classroom successfully and effectively, teachers need to be able to balance the two.
As we go through life, we naturally think that the people we’ve placed in positions of authority seem fitted for leadership.
Teachers, town officials, police officers, coaches, team captains, business owners, and supervisors are all examples of people appointed to a position of authority within an organization. We view them as leaders – until we experience something along the way that proves otherwise.
Leaders emerge over a period of time as people who demonstrate effective communication and interaction skills, persistent and diligent thought processes, and a vision for future successes. In its truest form, leadership can only be earned gradually, NOT assigned nor appointed without reason.
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