Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Cal State Fullerton say that mindset is a leadership quality that is too often overlook.  Mindset, they say, drives why and what leaders do.

They identified a series of mindsets that affect one’s ability to lead.  

  • growth mindset is the belief that people can learn and grow, while a fixed mindset believes they can’t.  
  • The learning mindset is one that seeks to increase competencies and master new things, while the performance mindset seeks to be favorably judged. 
  • Leaders with deliberate mindsets are highly receptive to all types of information. while those with an implemental mindset focus on getting things done, which closes them off to new information.  
  • Finally, the promotional mindset keys in on winning, while the prevention mindset focuses on avoiding losses.