Career Trends: The mindset that sets apart great leaders

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Edition: November 3rd, 2021
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

Developing the right mindset will take your leadership skills to a higher level. (Image Credit: Canva)
  • Excerpts from article by Raj Girn, published on

When you have experienced the profound impact of a true leader, it is time to ask yourself how you can become this leader. A leader acts with intention and purpose to reach their goal and inspires everyone around to do the same.

Leaders who do this exceptionally well understand that they need to systemise a process that can be followed for it to be successful at all levels of the corporate structure.

This system needs to include access to relevant knowledge and resources, appropriate action steps that build upon each other, and holding space for accountability the whole way.

The fundamental ingredient to finding the leader within you is mindset. Approaching this personality change from a holistic, spiritual and wholly practical perspective with the help of a coach, will create truly life-changing shifts.

Here’s how you can set yourself apart as a leader:

1. Be open to healing to move past personal issues and shine as a leader.

  • Dig deep into the things that are affecting your personal life.
  • People in leadership positions should recruit the help of a coach to do so.
  • Mindset is not an endpoint but rather a journey, and people’s actions will often be dictated by generations of personal problems that will manifest in their work life, consequently affecting others too.
  • We know that personal issues directly affect work performance, but if you can’t see the source of your problem, you can’t move past it, which is why a coach is so important.
  • When emotional blockages are cleared, and the whole person is happy in every aspect of life, there’s more productivity, innovation and creativity.
  • Healing your personal mindset will bring out your best corporate mindset.

2. Don’t define your worth with your salary or financial strength.

  • Something that is preventing thousands of leaders from realising their potential is the wrong money mindset.
  • We have become so programmed into believing that our last salary bracket dictates our worth.
  • Wage is purely a number, and this number does not define your worth as a person or a professional.
  • Believing that you are only as good as your salary is a sure-fire way to lead you down a path of self-sabotage.
  • We live in a different world now, where mindset has become an important consideration in building corporations helmed by leaders who are change-makers and who innovate growth rather than pander to the stagnant status quo.

3. Be comfortable being a mentee, don’t hide your vulnerabilities.

  • To be a leader that people want to follow, you must be as comfortable being a mentee as you are being a mentor.
  • This often means letting go of your ego and allowing yourself to be seen to be vulnerable in front of your employees so that they know that you are inviting them into the decision-making process.
  • It’s hard to be humble and go against the grain, but this is where you will find innovation and mindset shifts that change the game.
  • Introducing yourself to perspectives that you’ve never entertained before will help you stretch yourself to be better.
  • We all want our work environments to be a place where we can confidently share ideas and be seen, heard and respected.

4. Work to strengthen your growth mindset.

  • If you are someone who has single-handedly tried to kickstart their own growth journey, you may have come up against your self-doubting voice telling you that certain traits like intelligence and talent are fixed – things people are born with.
  • But the reality is that mindset is somewhere in between fixed and flexible.
  • We are pre-programmed to an extent, but with training and skills, we can change so that when we are faced with a challenge, we are better suited to take it on rather than run from it.
  • Approaching challenges with a growth mindset means seeing opportunities with excitement rather than fear.
  • The only constant in business is change, and when it comes to moving up the ladder, it requires someone who can pivot and be flexible.
  • A growth mindset requires you to get out of your own way so that the right decision is made rather than a decision based on limited exposure.

5. Always evolve to stay relevant.

  • Becoming a leader is not an overnight process because it’s predicated on relevancy. To be consistently relevant, you have to always be evolving.
  • Even people in the highest leadership positions need to go through a journey of continual growth, and this cannot be done superficially.
  • Working with a coach is an important way to stay connected with your individual journey of growth.
  • Moreover, leadership can exist at all levels, where you can be a leader to the people around you within any level of the company.
  • This is what world-class leaders have in common – the ability to keep moving, which filters throughout everything they do and everyone they come in contact with.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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