Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership – The Impact of a Fixed or Open Mindset

Many women in leadership positions and emerging female leaders are doubling down on their career focus after the pandemic. And it makes absolute sense because, after almost two years of lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty, this feels like a fresh start and an opportunity to tackle things with renewed optimism and focus.

So today, let’s look at the topic of women in leadership, both emerging and experienced, getting results.

Not simply results from daily targets and objectives, but ‘big’ results in your career as a whole. And let’s look more specifically at the role that your mindset plays in achieving (or inhibiting) these results.

The importance of mindset

Your mindset determines the way that you see the world, and your attitude towards everything in it – your work, relationships, direction, self-esteem, health and more. Many women in leadership, particularly young female executives, suffer from imposter syndrome.  Whilst imposter syndrome is a psychological occurrence, it is grounded in mindset.

The way you perceive the world around you defines how you are treated by others, and how you react towards everything that comes your way.

Understanding your mindset

There are two broad types of mindset: a fixed mindset and a flexible one. Those with fixed mindsets view themselves as having a static set of traits. They believe that characteristics such as creativity, intelligence, ability, and character cannot be meaningfully altered.

As such, success – or failure – is the result of their abilities and traits. People who have this approach believe that their nature cannot be changed, and they constantly strive for success.

Women in leadership who have a growth mindset have a more flexible attitude. They see challenges as opportunities and obstacles as something to overcome. They believe that failure is an opportunity for growth and personal development.

Why mindset matters for Women in Leadership

Research suggests that our mindset affects everything about the way we choose to live our life. When we believe that we have fixed assets, a powerful sense of urgency is created, where the individual wants to constantly prove themselves.

When we have a flexible growth mindset, we will recognise that our qualities can be developed through personal work and efforts. We see that application and experience create growth.

At the same time, we recognise that external factors come into play when it comes to success or failure.

How a fixed mindset can hold us back

When we adopt a fixed mindset, we often hold ourselves back – berating ourselves when things go wrong. But with a growth mindset, we are likely to be more forgiving, more flexible, and better attuned to taking risks. Accepting that growth often includes setbacks, and being prepared to put in the work to develop new skills is a common theme for the most successful women in leadership.

For example, those with a fixed mindset will usually give up on something new if they can’t immediately do it and this results in a failure to progress or succeed in a very competitive business environment.

Those women in leadership with a growth mindset will keep trying until they improve, developing an attitude of lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

They are more likely to take on new projects, to volunteer for challenges and to be more open to fresh ideas.

Where are you at?

After reading this description of the different mindsets, you might have an instinct as to which position you currently take.

Are you feeling happy and fulfilled in your career and eager to grow? Or are you getting stressed at the prospect of new technologies, younger ‘rivals’ and a sense that you aren’t achieving as much as you would like to?

Do you feel happy and fulfilled or frustrated and depressed?

I can help you to identify where your mindset currently sits – and what’s more, if you are a woman in leadership with a fixed mindset, I can help you to develop the tools and techniques needed to adjust it.

Yes, the good news is that anyone can develop a rewarding growth mindset with the right tools and techniques – from nurturing the right relationships to applying self-reflection methods and using powerful techniques to let go of unwanted old behaviours.

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Women in Leadership

I am an experienced, highly qualified, specialist women in leadership coach having personally overcome many challenges women face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming women in leadership. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, I am ideally placed to coach and develop your leadership skills and help you deal with your mindset.

If you need to improve your mindset and develop a growth mindset, then please contact me because I can help you achieve your goals.

The first step on your development starts with a free, confidential, 30-minute consultation with me, so don’t delay and book today.

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