Are you teachable?

What is the number one skill that you are working on based on recent feedback? If you can’t answer this, then you’ve got work to do.

The most inspiring organisations and people that I have met and worked with are obsessive about developing themselves (as leaders) and those around them. Mentoring, coaching and feedback are central to any culture they join or build. They don’t look to recruit great people, they look to grow them. The evidence shows they are also more successful.

Do you think that talent and behaviours are carved in stone and don’t change much once we reach adulthood? Or do you think that hard work, application and practice can help people learn almost any new skill or job regardless of their age?

Carol Dweck’s research at Stanford University suggests that our response to this question is critical. If you have a more fixed mindset you will avoid trying new or difficult things and resist change. Conversely, if you have a growth mindset, you enjoy doing hard things because they stretch you and you learn something.

Yet many of us reach a point in our careers, even our lives, where we think we have reached our potential. Carol Dweck is challenging that in schools when pupils say or think “I’m no good at maths“. My colleagues and I are challenging that attitude among leaders – and everyone whould consider themselves a leader – in every walk of life via our book LEAD.

If ever there was a time in history when we need more people to lead it’s now. Be teachable. As Craig Groeschel says “When the leaders gets better, everyone gets better“.

Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset is one of the 50 models to be found in my new book, LEAD: 50 models for success in work & life co-authored with my friends John Greenway and Andy Coombe. It is published by Capstone, part of Wiley Publishing and is available on Amazon.

Illustration by @VisualThinkery

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