Do your senior leaders think they know it all? Change. Challenge. Innovate. Disrupt. 1 in 5 senior leaders don't like to be told what to do and won't accept help when offered. If leaders aren't open to input and views from others, what does this mean for your organisation?

Our Mindset Advantage data shows that 20% of senior leaders don’t like to be told what to do and won’t accept help when offered*. And almost half of these (47%) don’t like to have their decisions challenged*.

In today’s complex and rapidly-changing world, it’s unrealistic for leaders to expect to have all the answers. Harnessing the collective intelligence of those around us is critical for better decision-making and problem-solving, and for greater innovation.

If senior leaders are displaying or reverting to a traditional, ‘command and control’ leadership style, the likely impact includes:

  • stifling of ideas and shutting down different perspectives that can help teams and organisations to be agile, effective and innovative.
  • reduced collaboration, not only with peers but also further down the organisation as team members mirror leaders’ behaviours, creating siloes.
  • preserving the status quo and established ways of working, rather than seeking continuous improvement.

On the other hand, if leaders adopt a humble leadership approach and create a climate of psychological safety, they enable new or different perspectives and ideas to be expressed and heard, fostering collaboration and learning that will help continually improve performance and outcomes.

Get in touch if you would like to know more about our growth mindset psychometric, Mindset Advantage, or how we can help leadership teams create a high performance culture.


* Data based on responses gathered through the growth mindset psychometric, Mindset Advantage, from thousands of leaders and hundreds of organisations globally over a period of 7 years.