Are your leaders reinforcing limiting beliefs in others? Only 4 out of 10 leaders believe that leadership skills are developable. What impact is this having on individual, team and organisation performance?

Did you know that only 4 out of 10 leaders believe that leadership skills are developable? The remaining 60% either don’t believe or aren’t convinced of this.*

This suggests that only 40% of leaders are devoting time to developing potential, not only their own but, perhaps more importantly, in others. Such beliefs have a huge impact on individual, team and organisation performance. And more widely, on succession planning, for example, and also on retaining and nurturing high potential talent.

What is the ripple effect of this? It seems that limiting beliefs are being reinforced further down the line – the same research shows that only 3 out of 10 individuals in the early stages of their career believe that leaderships skills are developable*. The potential effect of this on organisational performance should be a wake-up call for all leaders and line managers.

Believing in potential is a key aspect of growth mindset. Like other beliefs and behaviours, this can be changed and developed.


* 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.