Buzzwords fly around like bees in the springtime. They flit about seemingly haphazardly and can occasionally be a nuisance. However, just as bees are important pollinators for plant production, buzzwords help us share ideas more easily with one another – auditory pollination, if you will.
One of the buzzwords you’ve probably heard in recent years is mindset. Typically, when someone talks about having a certain type of mindset, people generally understand what they mean – or at least, we all think we do.
To make sure that you and I are on the same page with the meaning of mindset, let’s reference the Merriam-Webster definition: Mindset is a particular way of thinking; a person’s attitude or set of opinions about something.
Pretty straight forward, right? Basically, it’s how we think and feel about something. Now that we’re clear on what mindset is, let’s talk about what leadership is next.
Merriam-Webster defines leadership as the power or ability to lead other people. This one seems pretty bland to me, so let’s also take a look at what Warren Bennis had to say about leadership. He was once heard describing leadership as the capacity to translate vision into reality. I just love that!
If you’re not familiar with Bennis, I’d encourage you to look him up. He was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, who was widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies. Bennis “is known for advancing the idea that successful leaders demonstrate integrity, compassion, and a capacity for both collaboration and inspiration.” (USC Warren Bennis Scholars Program)
Putting these two terms together we get a different buzzword (or rather, phrase) – leadership mindset. It’s easy to look at this pairing and not give it much thought. Leadership mindset must be how you think as a leader. Yes, and it also goes much deeper than that.
Leadership mindset is how you see yourself in the role of leader, whether presently or in the future. It’s your level of confidence and overall attitude toward being a leader. And it can easily make or break you in that role.
Being a leader is a big responsibility and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Although it can be intimidating, it is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles you can have in your career. However, fear stops many people in their tracks. Every week, clients tell me how grateful they are that I was able to help them develop their confidence in their ability to lead – their leadership mindset – because they’ve been able to grow their businesses in ways they only dreamed of doing before.
If you’ve ever hesitated to hire a team or become a leader, and you weren’t sure why, this is probably the reason. Leading a team is a big role and not for the faint of heart. It takes a great deal of courage and commitment to step into this role – and it can be a hard one to prepare for on your own.
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New leaders often find themselves wrapped up in toxic stories about why they’re not smart enough, extroverted enough, or charismatic enough to lead a team. This creates a negative leadership mindset and these toxic stories hold you back and keep you playing small, even when you have big dreams.
- Maybe you’ve put off hiring help, even though you’re drowning in work, putting in 12-14 hour days, missing out on family time, and always exhausted.
- Maybe you’ve delayed the transition from contractors to a team of employees, even though you know you this is the right step to take your business to the next level.
- Maybe you’ve struggled with setting expectations and holding your team accountable, and now it feels like everyone is running amok and you’re not sure how to get them back on track.
- Maybe, just maybe, you sometimes wish you could fire everyone and start over. Hire a team of A-Players to fix it all. And avoid the messy middle. (Spoiler Alert: This 100% won’t work.)
Deep down, no matter where you’re at in your leadership journey, you’re afraid it’s all going to blow up in your face. And if you’re experiencing any of the scenarios above, you’re not alone.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to live in fear and keep playing small. If you focus on and develop your leadership mindset, you can overcome each of these challenges, fears, and frustrations – and more! I believe your leadership mindset is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise that muscle, it atrophies and becomes weak and ineffective. However, the more you work and flex that muscle, the stronger it becomes and the more you can do with it.
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