5 Ways to Shift Into a Leadership Mindset

Leadership Mindset


Adopting a leadership mindset isn't always innate; it requires a daily practice of intentional effort and continuous growth. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your journey in leadership, here are five effective strategies to help you shift into a leadership mindset:


1. Embrace Visionary Thinking: Great leaders have a clear vision of where they want to go and inspire others to follow suit. To shift into a leadership mindset, start by zooming out and defining your vision. Ask yourself questions like, "What impact do I want to make during my time as a leader?" and "Where do I see myself and my team in the future?" Once you have a vision, communicate it passionately to your team, rallying them around a common purpose. Encourage innovation and creativity by fostering an environment where ideas are valued, and solutions are actively sought. Coming back to the original purpose and vision can keep the whole team focused and engaged.   


2. Develop Self-Awareness: Self-awareness is the foundation of effective leadership. Taking time to reflect on your strengths, growth areas, values, biases, behaviors and triggers allows you to understand how your actions and decisions impact others. At Intentionaleaders, we emphasize the critical role of self-awareness in leadership and personal development. It forms the foundation of our coaching methodology, driving our exploration of mindset shifts with clients. While many individuals possess surface-level awareness of their traits, a deeper examination reveals the subconscious influences of past experiences on our habits, behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs. Understanding these motivations empowers us to reassess and reshape our approach to life. As Steven Covey noted, self-awareness enables us to scrutinize our thinking, motives, history, actions, and habits. By evaluating how we present ourselves, we can determine if our approach is effective, as evidenced by the work environment's dynamics. Self-aware leaders can mitigate stress, dishonesty, and drama, fostering a more trusting and productive team atmosphere.

“Once we are self-aware, we must choose purposes and principles to live by; otherwise the vacuum will be filled, and we will lose our self-awareness and become like groveling animals who live primarily for survival and propagation. People who exist on that level aren't living; they are "being lived". - Steven Covey


3. Cultivate Empathy: Empathy is the ability to hold space for the feelings of others. It's a crucial skill for leaders to build trust, foster collaboration, and drive employee engagement. Practice active listening, put yourself in others' shoes, and strive to understand their perspectives and experiences. Show genuine concern for the well-being of your team members and support them in achieving their goals. By demonstrating empathy, you create a culture of inclusivity and compassion, where everyone feels valued and respected.


4. Lead by Example: As a leader, your actions speak louder than words. Lead by example by embodying the values and behaviors you expect from your team. Demonstrate integrity, accountability, and resilience in your actions and decisions. Show a willingness to roll up your sleeves and tackle challenges alongside your team. Be open to feedback, admit mistakes, and continuously seek opportunities for growth. When you lead by example, you inspire others to follow suit and create a culture of excellence and accountability. Caution: Leading by example only works with strong self awareness. You must know who you are to lead by example.


5. Empower Others: Effective leaders empower their team members to take ownership of their work and contribute to the organization's success. Delegate tasks and responsibilities, providing opportunities for growth and development. Encourage autonomy and initiative, allowing individuals to leverage their strengths and creativity. Provide support and resources, but also give space for individuals to learn from their experiences and take calculated risks. By empowering others, you not only foster a sense of ownership and commitment but also unleash the full potential of your team.


Shifting into a leadership mindset is a journey of continuous learning and growth. Start small, stay committed to your development, and watch as your leadership capabilities flourish. Hire a coach to fast-track your way to a leadership mindset and start seeing shifts in the workplace sooner.


Mindset Resources:

Success Mindsets, by Ryan Gottfredson explores the power of mindsets in achieving leadership success. Gottfredson delves into four key leadership mindsets that profoundly impact our actions and outcomes. Through practical strategies and insights, he guides readers on how to cultivate value promoting mindsets, unlock their full potential, and achieve greater success in various aspects of life. The book serves as a roadmap for individuals seeking personal and professional development by transforming the lens in which we view the world.

Check out our interview about Mindsets with Ryan Gottfredson here