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6 Reasons Mindset Is Important to a Leader

6 Reasons Mindset Is Important to a Leader

According to research, a persons mindset has an integral part to play in the growth of an individual and his environment. A solid mindset means one is ready to serve rather than to be served. Going beyond the borders to please others and be innovative starts with a mindset rather than strategy or mere talent. How you view yourself affects how you will lead your life and could be a major determinant in the pursuits you make and the accomplishments you eventually attain. Mindset is not really fixed but one of growth and constant progress.

The importance of mindset to leadership can be seen through the several elements that surrounds it.

“A leader is a man who makes decisions. Sometimes they turn out right and sometimes then turn out wrong; but either way, he makes them.” — Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., Leaders are Made

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1. You have a commitment to succeed

“Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.”— Vince Lombardi

What holds leadership is an unwavering commitment to not only lead but to perform and succeed. How committed you are to your role as a leader speaks volumes to those who you lead. Commitment is not simply about motivation, but it is also about passion and drive to excel and succeed. This could push you to go above and beyond what is required in many cases.

2. You are adaptable

“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” — Henry Mintzberg

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In every human there is an ability to adapt since this stems from our survival instincts. Yet our decisions should surround choices that will make us more creative and propel us to meet every challenging situation. When you have a good mindset, you are able to adapt and become flexible to meet the odds against you.

3. You are a peak performer

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”— Kenneth Blanchard

You cannot excel simply based on strategy. You also have to ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk.’ If you want your team to do great work, you also have to take the lead in whatever initiative that is required. Why? Because good is no longer enough in today’s world. Competition is stiff and to guarantee success you have to push harder than every other person around you.

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4. You are able to deal with the struggles

“Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water every ship has a good captain.” — Swedish proverb

You can only understand how effective your mindset can be during struggles and pain. Meeting and sometimes exceeding expectations requires some mental toughness. Sometimes one has to alter his/her life to attempt a new course of action. This means resilience in the face of adversity and taking a risk because that is the only way out of a hole.

5. You are accountable

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

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You take charge and consider yourself accountable for the failure or the success of a group. If others fail you have also failed. Staying above such waters means you are ready to take charge and you are prepared to fulfill all the responsibilities assigned to you.

6. You have a vision

“Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.” — Alan Autry

No matter how successful your present situation is, you are always looking ahead and preparing yourself for what is ahead. You anticipate and reinvent yourself to meet with what the future holds. Leaders are not myopic. A myopic leader will be consumed. This is why it is important to always be focused on what is ahead.

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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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