The CEO Skills You Need To Create A Growth Mindset Company
As the CEO, you have the opportunity to foster a culture where “failures” and setbacks aren’t seen as career breaking experiences, but rather, accepted and even celebrated. Cultivating a growth mindset in your company is easier said than done. When your team is able to view new challenges as an opportunity to grow, they’ll take more risks that can benefit the business as a whole.
Unfortunately, many professionals still strongly believe that professionals and soft skills aren’t things that can be learned. As a leader, you are able to build a culture that encourages your team members to support each other and use every day as an opportunity to support each other and grow.
What Does Growth Mindset Do For Your Company Culture?
Once individuals start moving away from a fixed mindset where they believe talent is static and qualities like intelligence and empathy can’t be improved, they will start seeing themselves as constant learners. Asking questions, offering ideas, and giving and receiving feedback all become normalized. Collaboration and communication improve and lead to new ideas and better performance.
With a growth mindset, team members will see themselves as an important part of a team and take responsibility for their own growth while doing everything they can to help their teammates do the same. When challenges, setbacks, and shortcomings arise, these experiences are seen as opportunities to grow rather than a failure. Failure isn’t something that has to be feared and doesn’t produce the mental anxiety that can keep someone from trying new ideas.
Feedback is no longer something to be dreaded. Instead, it’s an opportunity for growth. Challenges are no longer something to be avoided, but embraced. Resilience in the face of obstacles replaces the tendency to just give up.
What CEO Skills Are Needed To Create A Growth Mindset Company?
- Body Language: What you say to your team may not be nearly as important as how you show it. Your facial expression, posture, and the confidence you project are all essential skills when you’re leading others.
- Candor: As the CEO, you never want to have to deliver bad news, but it’s part of your job. Knowing how to be direct and constructive when giving feedback helps your team understand areas for growth.
- Coaching: The CEO is the head coach of any business. More than any other part of your job, you have to be there to provide direction (or redirection) and guidance.
- Communication: As a CEO, you need to communicate effectively and clearly. Clear communication skills prevent confusions and misunderstandings.
- Delegation: If you started your business from scratch, it may be hard to loosen the controls, but delegation is an essential skill. You have to know when to take a step back and empower your team to step up and take on new responsibilities.
- Empathy: Put yourself in the shoes of others. Before getting upset over a failed project or at a team member’s performance, try taking a step back to understand their perspective.
- Hiring: Success is part strategy and part execution. To execute, you need people. Hiring the right people for can make or break your company. Besides looking at resumes and degrees, try picking people who better fit your team’s values and the mindset that you want to create.
- Inclusiveness: Diversity and inclusion is the key to hiring growth. As a CEO, you will have to foster an environment where people of all backgrounds feel welcome.
- Leadership: When things are going well, leadership can be a breeze. During times of challenge, your team will look to you for guidance, a sense of stability, encouragement, and reassurance.
- Listening: Being the loudest voice in the room doesn’t make you the best leader. Good leaders often spend more time listening and know how to give others the stage to voice their perspectives.
- Public Speaking: How good are you at public speaking? While many people dread it, a CEO needs to strike the right balance between delivering information, entertaining the audience, and persuading listeners (team members or customers) to act.
- Resilience: Setbacks will happen. When they do, your team needs to see that you are able to recover gracefully and quickly. If you approach setbacks as a lesson to be learned and an experience to grow from, so will your team.
- Strategic Thinking: As the chief executive, you must have a long-term vision for your business. Thinking ahead will help set your team up for success.
- Supportiveness: Small things like learning to take an interest in people’s lives, addressing team members by their name, and developing a friendly working relationship can create a more productive work environment.
- Verbal Communication: Good verbal communication helps you exchange ideas effectively, create a productive environment. This makes project management easier and avoid confusions.
- Vision: Inspiring a shared vision is a core trait for a CEO. Getting consensus and buy-in from your team will empower everyone to contribute and help the company gets closer to its goals.
How Can Matter Help Change Your Company’s Culture?
As a business leader, you know that constructive feedback is an essential part of your operations, but is your current feedback system actually hindering your team’s growth? When feedback comes intermittently, once or twice a year, or only when something goes wrong, it doesn’t help you or your team.
Matter believes that regular and constructive feedback is the key to developing a growth mindset and allowing everyone to grow their skills. Our 360-degree feedback approach to feedback helps encourage transparency and openness.
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