Attitude is the way a person reacts to a particular situation. The approach can be positive or negative. It is the factor that impacts the action, behaviour and response to any challenge or stimuli. Intelligence Quotient (IQ), however, is the scale that tells us about the intelligence of person.
IQ is important but how you portray it is even more important!
What kind of attitude are companies looking for?
Today companies are focusing on building the right attitude in employees. The kind of attitude companies want to build is success oriented. According to Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, the two kinds of attitudes that affect the success of the company are:
a) Fixed mindset &
b) Growth mindset.
If you are a fixed mindset person, then you have fixed boundaries; you are happy with what you have and are rather less keen or interested in developing newer things. This puts you in trouble when you are encountered with criticism, failure or challenge. Moreover, if you are a person with fixed mindset you are likely to show cynicism in your approach. Thus, this kind of attitude pulls you down even if you have a great IQ.
FunFact: The majority of the people in this world fall into fixed mindset.
People with growth mindset never underestimate themselves or anyone else. They believe that anyone can do anything because the ability is action oriented. They show easy acceptance and positive attitude towards new things. This attitude of theirs helps them outshine everyone around even if they are low at IQ.
Does good IQ necessarily come with high level of confidence?
A few of you might argue that if a person has great IQ, the person would be confident with his/her decisions and action, but research suggests that this can be better identified by the attitude of the individual and not his IQ!
The fixed mindset would confine him from experimenting. Thus, there would be no growth shown by the person or the firm or department handled by him or her.
Another valid point in favour of attitude over IQ is that your attitude can be changed and developed for good. You can condition yourself around developing certain specific traits. Regardless of what side you belong, you can always migrate towards the other kind of mindset.
Now, as we have established that growth mindset is primarily what companies are looking for, yes IQ is a factor of consideration but not a focus. So, let us understand why developing attitude will help you more than just focusing on IQ.
Below are a few reasons, benefits and necessities of developing a growth mindset:
Development of practical mind: This will help you look at challenges like opportunities. It will help you find positivity in each task you do. It will make you an innovative person and will also change your approach towards a lot of things. For example: If Michael Jordon, a famous basketball player had a fixed mindset; then he would have applied the same kind of strategy against all the teams he encountered and would have failed. We would not have known him for what he is today.
Have you wondered why some people like CEOs or sports persons tend to achieve more success than others? The answer is they have the correct attitude; they believe in growth mindset.
Adaptability is the prerequisite: It is very important to adapt well and quickly in a new team or at a new job. This will help you accept your job and the work better. It will make you dedicated towards the work as you have adapted with the environment. Further, this will be one of your major growth drivers. For Example: Narayan Murthy, the retired chairman of Infosys, had started the company with capital injection of just US$250. Adapting the business with the IT trends & requirements of the western countries, within the first five years itself Infosys made a good turnover as well as opened a joint venture with Kurt Salmon Associates, in the USA.
Figuring it out is the key: Carol Dweck while conducting studies asked variety of people “When do you feel smart”. The people with fixed mindset said when they have accomplished the task perfectly; whereas, those with growth mindset replied that when they are learning they feel smart. It is not important to be perfect but it is important to try doing it, in the same way that it is not important to have good IQ but it is important to have the right attitude.
Dealing with failure gets easy: Those with growth mindset believe that failure is a new opportunity to learn. They understand that making mistakes is fine, but they should be the new ones. You have been appointed for a job because you have the right IQ but it’s now your responsibility to harbour the right attitude.
Flexibility helps troubleshoot: With growth mindset, your approach will help you think openly, positively and creatively. This will help you find solutions to sudden adversities that you encounter.
Enhance your relationships: When you are ready to accept your shortcomings, you start improving. People find you more approachable as a leader and are also open for your suggestions, because they do not have the fear that you will get offended.
It is common sense that you have been hired for a job because you have the right knowledge and IQ. However, to be able to grow while doing your job, you need to be a person with growth mindset.
The trend is changing, so suit yourself and take a leap towards developing the right attitude!
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