Leadership Mindset – 7 Paradigm Shifts

by  Christina Lattimer  |  Leadership Development

In my article Leadership Play Dough I discussed the 10 ingredients involved in great leadership for now and the future.   The ingredients included vision, beliefs, thinking skills and emotional intelligence.

Using those ingredients effectively requires a mindset different than that which has gone before.

Quantum physics is now proving what most people believed was impossible is actually true, based on scientific evidence.  Very briefly and simply, this means:

  • The universe is made up of pure energy
  • We are all interconnected and part of that energy
  • Energy is invisible, but what we what we pay attention, believe and think becomes our reality
  • Every observer will create a different reality depending on their mindset

There is really only one shift to be made which is the realisation of the infinite possibilities which exist.  But it as rare as St. Paul’s Road to Damascus moment for the majority of us to make such a huge shift all at once.  It takes time for most to let go of old and outworn beliefs and thoughts and replace them with new life affirming mind-sets.  For leaders of the future, the following seven shifts may be good places to start in the workplace.

Shifting our attention from:

Sickness to Well-being – Concentrate and invest in physical, emotional and mental wellness.  How many people are well? Celebrate wellness, and set targets around well-being.   Focusing  attention and energy upon absence and sickness means it is created and prolonged.

Scarcity to Abundance – Instead of cutting costs or settling for second best or laying off employees for example, develop possibilities of generating ways to grow and increase wealth. Be generous and don’t allow fear or guilt about finances be the decision-maker.  Realise you can still be rich even without money, given the right mindset.

Limited to Unlimited – There are no right or wrong decisions or beliefs.  There is just difference.  Moving from limited beliefs and thinking can at first prove overwhelming when you realise there are infinite possibilities or paths to traverse.   We are only limited in our achievements by our limited thinking and beliefs.  Listen to your intuition and dare to believe what you truly desire can be achieved.

Powerlessness to Power – Empower yourself by believing in your ability to create and change your current reality.   Accept your current reality without resisting or wishing away what is. Have faith and patience that with the right mindset you can make the change for something better.

Competition to Excellence – Let go of the need to compare and compete with others, whether personally or in business.  Concentrate instead on only doing the best you can.  It is the only way to make your authentic contribution.   Understand there is a niche for everyone and a contribution for everyone to make.  You will not mind coming 2nd or 100th, or 1st, if you know you listened to your intuition and did your best.

Profit to Contribution –   It matters not about the size of the contribution as long as it is authentic and borne of a desire to make a difference.  Shift from how much profit to how much of a contribution you make.  It is the energy of contribution honestly made which meets a real need which is paramount.  When you concentrate on contribution and make it a brilliant one, the energy will bring abundance.

Management to Relationship – Systems and processes can be managed, but with people you must build relationships.  Relationships built on mutual understanding, equal responsibilities, agreed roles, with built in accountability for fair reward.  It is a mutual and agreed relationship of give and take, which returns energies of contribution with those of reward.

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JoAnn Corley  |  11 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Wow…what a wonderful post. What’s encouraging is this kind of discussion in the realm of business leadership would not have been in this kind of public forum only a few years ago. It is a real testimony to our societal evolution into this realm to the point considering at least somewhat mainstream.

Leadership is first about influencing the thinking of those we lead (staring with our own thinking) – that is the inception of getting the behaviors and ultimately the outcomes we so much desire with our staff which ultimately impacts our bottom line.

Well done and kudows to the Lead Change Group!

Christina Lattimer  |  14 Sep 2012  |  Reply

JoAnn, thanks for commenting, Like you, I think it’s great people are beginning to realise you can’t separate leadership and business from the realm of who we are at our core. If you look back at great leaders then they did understand this context and that understanding was for me the reason for their success; by virtue of their principles and unity consciousness they were able to connect with who our true selves in a way that other leaders just don’t seem to be able to. Thanks again for your input, greatly appreciated. And like you I applaud Lead Change Group for being a great vehicle for thought leadership.

Glen Gaugh  |  11 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Great post! Mindset and focus is so important.

The significant thing about your use of Paul’s conversion as an illustration is that there is pain involved with change- a period of “blindness” and reorienting to the new around us. And, the need for others who can provide perspective.

Thanks again for this post.

Christina Lattimer  |  14 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Thanks Glen for commenting. You are spot on about pain being involved in changing mindsets, and you’ve captured the disorientation stage so well. Of course we can change mindsets without pain and reap the benefits of changing, and some “towards” motivated people do so, but it seems it is less likely. Thanks again, appreciated.

Tricia Lustig  |  12 Sep 2012  |  Reply

Thank you! I really APPRECIATE seeing articles about what is going well, what is working and moving into an Abundance mind set. That is so important and the only way we can solve today’s problems.


Christina Lattimer  |  14 Sep 2012  |  Reply


Thank you, I’m glad you appreciated it :) I couldn’t agree more; it’s the mindset shift needed to solve today’s problems! – Thanks

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