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Developing a ‘next level’ mindset for leadership in transition. (PART 1)

elevator leading to outside symbolising developing next level mindset

Did you know that around 20% - 60% of mind set is established even before you were born? Yes, your genes are responsible for a certain % of your mindset. But it's important to recognize that the influence of genes on mindset does not imply a fixed or unchangeable outcome. We can all change our mindset to a certain extent. Yes, I’m here to tell you, you can change your perspective, change your mindset.

This blog is in two parts. Part 1 this week explores how ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’ and I mean anything. As a leader in 2023 we must be aware and prepared for the possibility that anything can happen.

Transition periods are often characterized by VUCA; They are full of volatility uncertainty complexity and ambiguity. As leaders we need to have a mindset that see these challenges as opportunities not threats.

To do this we need to develop our Above the Line thinking. You have seen me write about this before but as a quick recap…

Man thinking symbolising above the line and below the line thinking

Above the line thinking refers to a positive and proactive mindset. It involves taking ownership of one's thoughts, actions, and outcomes. Individuals who practice above the line thinking approach problems with curiosity, open-mindedness, and a willingness to learn. They focus on solutions, possibilities, and growth. Instead of dwelling on setbacks or blaming external factors, they take responsibility for their choices and seek ways to overcome obstacles.

Below the line thinking, on the other hand, is characterized by a negative and reactive mindset. People who engage in below the line thinking tend to be closed-minded, blaming others or circumstances for their problems. They often get stuck in a cycle of complaining, making excuses, and feeling victimized. It limits creativity, problem-solving abilities, and personal growth.

So, with Above the line thinking… we can develop a position of flexible thinking and adaptability, we will be able to improvise to whats happening around us!


...and develop a mindset of humility. Humility to accept that we don't have all the answers. In these VUCA times not one person can have all the answers. If your narrative is ‘this is about you solving, fixing or saving everyone’, then you won’t be able to let go of the control needed to enable others to be part of the solution.


We need to let our walls down and be willing to let others contribute. Fostering collaboration in a way that helps others add value, this inclusion gives lots of benefits. How willing are you to be vulnerable and ask for help? Leaders who are willing to be vulnerable create an environment where others feel safe to do the same.

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein


Because anything is possible, we also need to develop your resilience and create a culture that can withstand the pressures of transition. We must see ‘set backs’ as part of our journey. Our ability to bounce back will be key to lead during transition.


Finally for part 1, we must foster a growth mindset. Open, curious, seek out new experiences, test things. Continuous learning is what is required to see failures as opportunities. A mind set where setbacks are just temporary obstacles. Feedback and self-awareness are your friends.

As I say ‘Anything is Possible’ and you must be prepared.

Next week we are going to explore how because ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’, ‘EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE’ if you embrace the right mind set.



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