Leaders in successful organizations are interested in fostering an engaged workforce. Engaged employees add value to the organization, as they are creative, committed, and have better performance. But how does one achieve that? What helps employees to stay engaged?
What is Growth Mindset?
There are two types on mindset described in literature: fixed and growth mindsets. Fixed mindset is best described by individual’s beliefs that one’s skills, abilities, and personality traits are static and do not change. These individuals think that personal traits cannot be developed.
Growth mindset, on the other hand, is characterized by individual’s beliefs that skills, abilities, and personality traits can change with perseverance and determination. These individuals believe that hard work, rather than one’s talent, will bring about success. They are able to respond to challenging situations in a healthy way, as these individuals believe they are not defined by their past behaviors and that the process of development is on-going.
As you might have guessed, employees who foster a growth mindset are more successful at work. They are also more satisfied with their work and life, as growth mindset is also linked to resilience. Additionally, those with growth mindsets typically have less stress and anxiety and more self-esteem, and they generally have better physical health. Who wouldn’t want that?
How Does one Change Their Mindset?
An expert and an author on mindset, a psychologist Carol Dweck, provides an in-depth explanation of the growth mindset in her book “Mindset – Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential.”
Here are some practical ways to foster growth mindset.