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Why having a change mindset is one of the most critical skills of a leader

How effective are you at leading change in your organisation?


As a leader your change mindset is one of the most crucial attributes for success. If you find yourself resistant to change, you risk hindering your own growth and the growth of your organisation, as well as damaging relationships with employees and stakeholders.


A leadership change mindset refers to the attitude that you need to take in being open to innovative ideas, flexible in your thinking, and willing to adapt to evolving circumstances.


A leadership change mindset is about being proactive, adaptable and forward-thinking. It’s about recognising that leadership is not static and that effective leaders must be willing to evolve and change their approach to meet the evolving needs of their team and organisation.


The damage a non-change mindset can cause


Stagnation: Without a change mindset, a leader may become complacent and resistant to innovative ideas and approaches. This can lead to stagnation in the organisation where processes become outdated and innovation is stifled.


Cultural Change Resistance: A leader’s resistance to change can set a negative example for employees, making it more challenging to implement necessary changes within the organisation. This may enable a toxic culture where change is met with hostility.


Loss of Talent: Employees may become disengaged and frustrated if they perceive that their leader is resistant to change. High potential employees who are eager for growth and change may leave the organisation if they feel their leader is holding them back. This can result in a brain drain and the loss of valuable talent.


How to develop your change mindset


Developing your change mindset involves the process of shifting your thinking patterns, beliefs and attitudes. This can be a personal or professional transformation aimed at achieving different outcomes, personal growth, or adapting to new circumstances.


Here are some strategies that you can use:


Self-Awareness: The first step in developing your change mindset is to become aware of your current mindset. Reflect on your beliefs, attitudes and thought patterns. Identify areas where you feel stuck or limited.


Challenge Negative Beliefs: Identify and challenge any negative or limiting beliefs that may be holding you back regarding your approach to change. Ask yourself if these beliefs are based on evidence or if they are simply assumptions.


Visualise Success: Use visualisation techniques to imagine yourself embodying the desired change mindset and achieving your goals.


Learn and Grow: Embrace a change mindset of continuous learning and growth. Seek out new knowledge, skills and experiences that support your desired mindset. Read books, take courses and engage with people who inspire your desired mindset.


To find out more about our leadership coaching and the ALIGNED® talent model, please contact me at matt@twentyoneleadership.com so we can continue the conversation.




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