Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace Training for Leaders and Managers

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This course is designed to help those in leadership roles understand the power of developing a growth mindset culture and how to cultivate this in themselves and their team members. A growth mindset builds creativity, motivation, engagement, and the ability to handle difficulty and setbacks. This can result in improved performance, greater confidence and more adaptability when facing challenges in the workplace.

Course Context

Individuals with a fixed mindset believe both intelligence and talent are things we are born with. They respond negatively when they fail, which leads them to be less likely to try something new, now or in the future, for fear of failure or fear of not being seen to fail.

In the workplace, this can lead to covering up mistakes, blaming others and ignoring constructive feedback. They are easily threatened by others’ achievements, which can lead to controlling behaviour, both in handling and taking credit for their own work and how they treat colleagues and subordinates. The ramifications of a fixed mindset are poor for individual development as well as team cohesion and the culture of an organisation.

Those with a growth mindset believe talents and abilities can be developed, thereby appreciating the value of mistakes and criticism. They feel empowered to pick themselves up to find a solution, seize challenges, and find the success of others inspiring rather than threatening.

From a leadership perspective, this course encourages reflection on the benefits a growth mindset culture can bring to an organisation and whether an emphasis on striving for success could inhibit risk-taking and hinder learning through fear of failure, rather than success evolving from failure and employees learning and developing from this.

Key Benefits

The benefits to participants include:

  • Recognising how to be more curious and constantly seek ways to improve how they carry out their role, inspire others and achieve objectives
  • Understanding how to identify and build their own strengths and develop the strengths of their team members
  • Helping those that struggle with failure, who are too quick to say, “I can’t”, and don’t believe in the power of effort
  • Building confidence to step outside their comfort zone, try new approaches and motivate others to embrace new ideas
  • Developing cohesive teams who work well together in challenging times, trust each other and do not shy away from change

Who Is It For?

Any manager or leader looking to develop themselves and those they work with would benefit from this course.

This can be of particular value to organisations in, or planning, a period of change, as it helps individuals sit more comfortably with uncertainty, be more honest about their feelings of vulnerability and not be afraid when presenting ideas that might not be received positively.

There is also a version of this course for employees who are looking for personal development. Click here to view the Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace Training.

Course Content

The course content and capacity can be customised for individuality and to ensure organisations’ specific learning criteria are met. Consultancy to develop a growth mindset is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

  • Distinguish between growth and fixed mindsets, and their link to performance
  • Behaviours associated with different mindsets and the impact this has on workplace culture, desire to take risks, ability to work under pressure, team working, building trust, engagement, motivation and talent management
  • How to instil a growth mindset culture in others
  • The role coaching and feedback play in developing a growth mindset
  • The dangers of adopting a solely target-based results culture
  • Ways in which mindsets are shaped, and the role leaders and managers can play in developing more growth mindset thinking
  • The factors that create an optimal environment to allow growth mindsets and a growth-orientated culture to thrive
  • The way management behaviour and style cultivate mindsets
  • How behaviour preferences influence mindset and how to use this knowledge to develop growth mindset thinking and culture further
  • Action planning to make realistic changes to encourage others to develop a growth mindset

Research and Background

The growth mindset is based on over 35 years of research, much of it led by Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University. Those with a growth mindset do not fear failure and are willing to put themselves forward for a challenge. They believe that with effort and good instruction everyone has the capacity to succeed, particularly when this is viewed as a chance to grow.

Dweck’s research has shown that when children read and learn about the brain they discover how malleable it is, and how it grows and changes when responding to a challenge. As a consequence, they are more likely to carry on and try again if they don’t succeed. This knowledge encourages them to have a thirst for learning, welcome a challenge, look for alternatives, value effort and not see failure as something permanent – in other words, they develop a growth mindset.

Testimonials for the Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace Training for Leaders and Managers

"Very useful.  Thoroughly enjoyable and looking forward to implementing with the team."

"The course re-focussed my mind and opened me up again to actually stop and take some time to think about the operation, the personnel involved (including myself) and how we can grow and improve."

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