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President's message - Leading with a growth mindset cont..

We have all heard of the term Mindset and to varying degrees we use it as part of our new language to explain the way people approach different aspects of leadership.  

Carol Dweck with her latest book - Mindset – Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential - delves into this fascinating field.

Dweck’s research has shown that people fall into two Mindsets.  There are those who have a growth mindset who believe in self-improvement, love challenges, are open to new information, are more creative and are resilient in the face of setbacks.

On the other hand there are those who have a fixed mindset who are more concerned with how they will be judged, about proving they are smart or talented and are very cautious about exposing their deficiencies.

“A fixed mindset makes people into non-learners,” says Dweck. “A growth mindset gives you a different way to think, feel and act.” It’s about learning, improving and becoming better.

A growth mindset activates the ability to focus, have determination, the ability to work hard, and the courage to embrace failure.

I think having a growth mindset is an absolute necessity for 21st Century School Leaders.

Leaders who lead and demonstrate growth mindsets have the capacity to change what teachers and students strive for and what they see as success and how they interpret and work.  These school leaders demonstrate their strategic thinking – the visions of oceans of opportunities.  

They have a balance of vision and strategy with the day-to-day management tasks.

The same is needed when leading an organisation like ICP or in many of your cases your own associations or schools.  

During the past 9 months I have been working on collaboration, co-operation and partnerships for ICP.

Leading a global organisation needs a growth mindset.

To develop co-operations and partnerships that can provide oceans of opportunity for ICP, I have led and continue to lead for improvement and being a better organisation. I have been able to begin to create a vision of an organisation that can strive to do more for its membership - together with its enabling partners.  Both will remain as imperatives during my presidency.

I have been able to do this with the support and collaboration of the ICP executive team.  

As a result, during the course of this Convention there will be some significant announcements that demonstrate what we have achieved so far, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Through the power of collaboration, co-operation and partnership, these have the potential to offer Waves of Change for ICP - by harnessing our Oceans of Opportunity.  

I will continue to lead with my growth mindset as we move forward together, developing a different way of thinking, feeling and acting as a peak global educational leadership organisation in the 21st Century.

Urie Bronfennbrenner once said: “If the children and youth of a nation are afforded opportunity to develop their capacities to the fullest, if they are given the knowledge to understand the world and the wisdom to change it, then the prospects for the future are bright.

Yours in leadership 


Fiona Forbes

ICP President 


NB This is an excerpt from the President's Welcome to the 13th Convention - the full speech will be available on the Convention page.


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