Growth mindset, the belief that traits are changeable, is a concept that has impacted the field of education and has recently gained a foothold in the world of business. This mixed methods study sought to better understand how high-level leaders’ internal growth or fixed mindsets affect their behavior in interpersonal interactions with others. 12 directors and vice presidents participated in a self-assessment and interviews to ascertain their general mindsets in five domains and their experience of workplace interactions. The study found that leaders’ mindsets affect their interactions with others. The study also found that leaders who scored as having growth mindset may still experience episodes of situational fixed mindset that may detract from their effectiveness.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Self-realization; Success in business; Organizational effectiveness -- Social aspects
Date of Award
Graziadio Business School
Campbell, Anna, "Effects of growth and fixed mindset on leaders' behavior during interpersonal interactions" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1105.