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The Growth Mindset by Rick Capozzi

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Chapter 12Leaders Are Grateful and Win Hearts and Minds

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

Leaders with a growth mindset don't go it alone and they are grateful to all the people who help them along the way. The awareness that they owe their success to the helping hands and support of others is a defining characteristic of all the great leaders I've had the privilege to work with. For me, gratitude is also the key identifier of leadership potential in new talent.

Consider this:

  • Make a list of the people who've helped you in your career.
  • Make a list of the people who've helped you achieve success or made a difference in your life.
  • Think of clients that have gone out of their way to help you.
  • If your list has fewer than a dozen names on it, think again, and again.

I would not have been able to build the career I have without the help of many people. I believe that to be true for every successful person. A sense of gratitude helps keep you grounded and humble. It also helps connect you in a powerful and meaningful way to the people you are leading and serving. Gratitude is a constant reminder that you are not the master of the universe. It is important to acknowledge the contribution of others in your success and to give back.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you a giver or a taker? We can all improve and be more of a giver. ...

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