Adapt or Die

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In Leadershift, leadership expert John C. Maxwell explains the shifts in mindset that leaders must make. Leadership, like everything else, keeps evolving, and leaders need to keep learning and rediscovering what it means to be the best they can be. Leadershift enables leaders and everyone they lead to grow and fulfill their calling, help others, accomplish amazing things, create, and innovate. Transformational leaders model the values they uphold and make the world a better place by creating something worthwhile that can live on even after they’re gone.

Growth Over Goals

When you shift your focus from goals to growth, you change your mindset from worrying about how long something will take to thinking about how far you can go. On a growth journey, you fall in love with personal development. Cultivating a growth mindset in your organization promotes a culture focused on opportunities for growth, not goals. A fixed mindset can result in hitting an early plateau, achieving less, and hindering people from reaching their full potential, whereas a growth mindset can fuel people to a higher level of achievement. 

There are many benefits to shifting your focus from goals to growth. When you focus on growth, you unlock your potential, feel good about yourself, strengthen your values and abilities, become more humble and self-aware, and set an example for others to follow. Goal-oriented people tend to have a more short-term mindset, while people who focus on growth have a long-term mindset. Focusing on growth allows for consistency, which is important because your level of success will never exceed your level of personal development.

Seek to Challenge, Not Please

Leadership is not the same as making people happy. There’s no way to please everyone. Trying to make everyone happy will lead to disappointment or even failure. 

Caring for people and challenging them are both important. It can be difficult to shift from pleasing people to challenging people if you’re not used to it, but it is rewarding. Leaders need to learn how to positively challenge people to reach their potential.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an American speaker and pastor who has written many books, mainly focusing on leadership. They include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (1998) and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader (1999). His works have sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

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