For many years I have been interested in the leadership mindset. And while I have written and read about the topic, it keeps pulling me back. In almost every meeting I take, I’m looking for that sparkle in the eye. I am listening for the words or the passion that inspires. But mostly, I am seeking to understand the person and their mindset. But mindset is not “set” – it shifts and changes with us as we shift and change. It can be amped up. And it can be worn down.
A recent article revealed a staggering statistic: 75% of female executives could benefit from a mindset reset to unlock their full potential. This revelation may seem surprising, but it highlights an important truth – mindset needs to be nurtured and managed. I would suggest that female executives are not alone in this challenge – and that any leader would benefit from a mindset reset.
So, what exactly does a mindset reset entail? It starts with embracing a growth mindset – the belief that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. This growth mindset allows us to view challenges as opportunities rather than insurmountable obstacles. By embracing a growth mindset, female executives can overcome self-imposed limitations and embrace their true potential.
Another key aspect of the mindset reset is the focus on building relationships and developing emotional intelligence. These skills are often overlooked, but they are vital for effective leadership. By cultivating strong relationships with colleagues, mentors, and other industry professionals, leaders can gain valuable insights, support, and guidance. Developing emotional intelligence enables leaders to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics, understand the needs and motivations of others, and foster a positive work environment. Perhaps, more importantly, the simple act of engaging with others and forging relationships feeds our creativity and creates the professional and personal connections that can become pivotal in the future.
In fact, research by Catalyst, a global nonprofit focused on advancing women in the workplace, has shown that having a strong network of mentors, sponsors, and peers can significantly impact career advancement for women. Building supportive networks is crucial for any executive – but the data indicates that women executives in particular, thrive in networked workplaces.
But leaders should take this relationship building further. By prioritizing the creation of a supportive network – surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals who share similar goals and aspirations – leaders will create a sense of camaraderie and inspiration. As your network grows in size and energy, it can provide a sounding board for ideas, a source of encouragement during challenging times, and a platform for collaboration and innovation.
While striving for success, it is crucial not to neglect self-care. In the pursuit of professional growth and excellence, it is easy to overlook personal wellbeing. However, taking the time to recharge, reflect, and practice self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy mindset. For some of us, this means walking in nature, while for others it is about travel, gym workouts or even martial arts. Whether it’s through exercise, mindfulness practices, or simply disconnecting from work, carving out time for oneself is a vital component of sustained success.
Nina Nets It Out: The path to thriving as a leader requires a mindset reset. By embracing a growth mindset, developing relationships and emotional intelligence, building a supportive network, and prioritizing self-care, leaders can unlock their full potential and lead with confidence. As we forge ahead into a future that demands diversity and innovation, let us challenge ourselves to embrace both the mindset and the reset.