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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Suppose your boss pulls you aside and tells you: “You don’t have the right skills for the project.”
Then suppose a different situation, where your boss tells you: “You don’t have the right skills for the project, yet” or “You don’t yet have the connections to make this deal happen.”
The word yet makes all the difference in the world. In the first example, you feel like a failure. In the examples with “yet,” you feel like you may not be ready now, but you could be in the future.
Carol Dweck, the Stanford professor who’s researched the idea of a “growth mindset,”elaborates:
By [using the word "yet"] we give people a time perspective. It creates the idea of learning over time. It puts the other person on that learning curve and says, “Well, maybe you’re not at the finish line but you’re on that learning curve and let’s go further.” It’s such a growth mindset word.