LEADERSHIP- LESSON 4- 

GROWTH MINDSET


PART 1- (5 MINUTES)

Rationale

  • In Carol Dweck’s research, students with a fixed mindset chose to redo easy problems rather than attempt harder ones. They wanted to succeed and look smart.
  • Students with a growth mindset chose one harder problem after another.  They wanted to stretch themselves and get smarter.
  • Fixed mindsets impact our behaviour, which then limits our performance. Fixed mindsets can be challenged

(Dweck, 2006)

 

Learning objectives

By the end of this lesson, learners should:

  • identify some of their own fixed or growth mindsets
  • connect their own mindsets and their own behaviour
  • "catch" and challenge their own fixed mindsets

PART 2- (10 MINUTES)

Discuss: How can we challenge our fixed mindsets?

What is the moral of the story "the tortoise and the hare".

What's the problem with that moral?

In real life, who really wins the race?


PART 3- (15 MINUTES)

Where do you have a fixed mindset?

How does your mindset affect your behaviour in this area? How do you perform in this area? Discuss the same for growth mindsets.

Identify three areas in your life where your skills have grown in the last 5-10 years.


PART 4- (10 MINUTES)

GOTCHA! CATCH THE FIXED MINDSET

When you hear the fixed mindset voice, talk back with the growth mindset voice. Much like in this activity, we should try to catch the fixed mindset in our own life.


REFLECTIONS FOR A LEADER

With a growth mindset, we understand that we can continue to grow as a leader- if we commit to our own development. Also, as key take away form this lesson from a leadership perspective is to remember that those who follow us are also capable of a great deal of growth. This would be a worthwhile discussion point for a group of leaders.