The Rural Reader. June book review.

Mindset – changing the way you think to fulfil your potential – Dr Carol S. Dweck (2017).

Occasionally, you come across one of “those airport books” that is really worth reading. This is one of them. Based on research, the book focuses on two principal mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. The fixed mindset relates to those who think they cannot change. The growth mindset shows that people can change and can improve themselves. 

The model suggests that mindset varies along a continuum and, for any one person, changes according to circumstance. For me, the main point in this idea is that we can and do change our behaviours and capabilities, and we can change how we see the world – otherwise, why would we bother doing leadership programmes or learning something new?

I see this, to some extent, in people on Kellogg programmes; those who underestimate themselves and who are frustrated by the confidence-sapping mindset of “imposter syndrome”. A Professor of Psychology at Stanford, Carol’s key point is that “… the view that you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”

Patrick Aldwell
June, 2023

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