The most effective leaders look in the mirror to commit to their growth, take ownership of mistakes and to align their motivation and mindset to serve and empower those they lead.
Leaders who look out the window have a mindset of passivity, blame and often believe they are ‘fixed’ in their progress. A ‘fixed’ mindset is one that believes I am who I am, I cannot grow or change. When a leader adopts this mentality, it gives them a cover for acting in ineffective or even inappropriate manners, positioning them as a victim of their own self.
The healthiest, most effective leaders over the long-haul recognize that they have to start the day by looking in the mirror to align their mindset and motivation in a manner that empowers them to serve, develop and unleash the potential of those they lead. They don’t dodge responsibility or feedback, but instead seek it out. When a leader operates out of the mirror vs the window, everyone wins and the organization is more effective. The only time the healthy leader starts with the window is when they are looking to share credit with others, knowing they never win alone.