Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol S. Dweck
Mindset, our belief about ourselves and our abilities, is a key element in the pursuit of effective leadership and successful organisations, as it is crucial in determining individual growth. Through the use of examples in industry, education and families, the book highlights the qualities of people with growth mindsets - the belief that your abilities are determined by your efforts, compared to those with fixed mindsets - the belief that your character and ability are set in stone and cannot be changed with any amount of effort.
Some of the chapters in the book focus on the characteristics of leadership that are based on a growth mindset - the ability to strive for and achieve continuous human development and improvement. The qualities discussed include skilled self-reflection, modesty, a strong sense of collaboration, and belief in their team and themselves. The book details the different characteristics of growth and fixed mindset coaches, including teachers, and how the belief in one’s own growth mindset and that of their team or students plays a crucial part in determining outcomes.
Mindsets is a psychology book that reaches a very broad audience and can be read by individuals considering both their personal and professional selves and beliefs. It offers a different perspective to leaders, coaches and teachers than the usual ‘how to’ books on the mechanics of creating successful change. It forces the reader to start by looking inward and focusing on themselves before leading others.
In its work with consultants and school administrators, the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Project aims to offer support that empowers leaders to create positive changes within their schools and boards. Considering the mindset necessary to not only effect change for oneself, but to encourage change in others and the whole organisation, creating a positive change in mindset is a helpful starting point.