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Leadership Mindset Vs. Skillset: Which Is More Important?

Which is more important, leadership mindset or skillset?leadership-mindset-vs-skillset-mental-leadership

This is a rare question that people don’t usually ask themselves until they become self-aware enough that they’ve already figured the answer out for themselves.

Yet this question is absolutely crucial to producing results in all areas of life.

It’s like the saying goes…

When does a fish discover water?

Well the poor little fishy discovers water and the importance of water AFTER it’s removed from water. I can’t speak from experience, however I can imagine that if you’re a fish being removed from water is probably a pretty traumatizing, emotional, near death experience.

This is quite common with human beings as leaders.

We often times need to be removed from our comfort zone, our “box” so to speak, in a highly emotional experience to become aware of what’s holding us back.

The purpose of this blog post is to remove your mind from your comfort zone so that you can become aware of what’s holding you back from greater success.

My Leadership Mindset vs. Skillset Breakthrough

A short while ago I experienced a breakthrough like this in my business which took my results, my income, from hundreds per month to thousands per month.

What happened ?

I changed my focus from developing my skillset to developing my leadership mindset.

Prior to this breakthrough, most of my focus had been in developing marketing and business skills, techniques, and strategies to drive revenue.

I had all this knowledge but for some reason my results were still less than expected.

Basically, there were other people doing the  EXACT same things that I was doing yet they were getting far greater results than I was.

WTF right?

So I took the advice of several highly successful online business leaders and began focusing 80% of my time on leadership mindset, my own personal development.

Almost immediately my results skyrocketed and I went from earning hundreds per month to thousands per month.

As Humans We Are Creatures of Habit

We live in a predominantly left-brained society where most of us are trained via our traditional education system that our success is directly correlated with our technical skillset.

This is untrue.

It comes down to this…

If your leadership development, your mindset, is not developed to the level needed to receive the results you’re capable of producing with your technical skillset, you’ll basically subconsciously sabotage yourself from attaining your desired (often expected) results.

This is why the “most educated” people in our society are NOT the highest paid; i.e. doctors, lawyers, professors, etc… Although they are paid well, they are NOT the highest paid individuals, not even close.

Of course you wouldn’t be aware of this self sabotage simply because it’s being put in to action by your subconscious mind, the same mechanism that tells your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your taste buds to taste with zero conscious effort on your part.

In other words, you’re a fish in water.

I know this may be hard pill to swallow for some of you highly logical left-brain dominant techies, however if you truly listen with an opened mind and eliminate your prejudgment, you’ll find that most leaders who have the results that you desire are echoing this same message.

How to Develop Your Leadership Mindset?

In my case I held a belief that increasing my technical skillset would increase my income.

My operating based on this belief was not producing the results that I expected and desired.

So what happened?

I was exposed to advice by successful online business leaders that threw me outside of my box, basically making me a fish out of water.

As a student of life who knows that in order to get the same results created by these successful leaders, I must model those successful leaders, I took the advice with an opened mind, changed my beliefs, and began operating based on a new belief system.

It was that change in belief that allowed me to comfortably work on developing my leadership mindset and because of that my results increased substantially.

95% of the people who read this blog post are going to have to work on developing their leadership mindset in order to produce the results that they want.

That’s just the way a majority of people in our present day society are wired.

Like I said earlier, our present day society has taught us that increasing technical skillset, the “how” of doing things is directly correlated to our success, untrue.

So how do I develop my leadership mindset?

Simply change your beliefs and your results will change.

Are You Ready To Challenge Your Current Beliefs?

Here goes…

Perhaps you’re thinking… “wait a second… I’m highly focused on developing my leadership mindset, after all, I’m sitting here at my computer reading a leadership development blog.”

Not so fast there Tony Robbins.

Let’s take a look at this because our actions ALWAYS speak louder than our words.

  • Are you spending more of your working hours developing your leadership mindset than you are on learning skills and techniques of your trade?
  • Are you spending more money on leadership/personal development education (books, courses, seminars) then you are on educating yourself about your skillset?
  • Are you exceeding your expectations?
  • Are you creating the results that you desire? (be honest with yourself here)

If you answered NO to most of these questions, then it will likely serve you to put more time in to developing your leadership mindset rather than your technical skills.

*Note… There are people out there who already have a well-developed leadership mindset and simply need to hone a single skillset in order to produce extraordinary results. You can usually spot them immediately because when they focus on a specific technique, strategy, or skill, they quickly produce extraordinary results.

If you’re the type that is jumping from this thing to that thing constantly learning the next technical skill or strategy yet it never seems to “work out” the way its supposed to, then this is NOT you.

Obvious signs that you’re more focused on developing your technical skillset are…

  • Feeling like you’re constantly not living up to your own expectations
  • Results are less than you desired
  • Constant feeling like you need to know the newest strategy or technique
  • Going back to school/college another or an advanced degree because “it” will give you the success you’ve been looking for
  • Spending hours on YouTube watching “How To” tutorials
  • Purchasing tons of online marketing tutorials, “How To” eCourses
  • Constant need to learn more BEFORE taking action

Things you can do to change your belief system and develop your leadership mindset…

  • Read leadership/personal development books daily AND do the exercises within them
  • Listen to audio recordings of leaders who have the results that you want
  • Model those leaders that have the results that you want, follow their advice. After all, their ideas have gotten them the results that you want, your ideas have gotten you exactly what you currently have.
  • Attend leadership development events and seminars
  • Visualize your goals daily for 10-20 minutes
  • Create 90 Day SMART goals
  • Create a dream book/board/wall illustrating your dreams and goals
  • Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the box below

In the end both leadership mindset and skillset are important to creating successful results in your life, it’s more of a matter of developing the area that you are lacking, for most people that area is mindset.

Remember that when you are ready to BE the leader that creates the results you desire, your subconscious mind will automatically DO what’s necessary for you to HAVE those desired results.

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LeeSunBrotcg
LeeSunBrotcg

really great, I was in surrounded with negative people around now, was really sad people having such mindset ...thanks for sharing this

gregsallin
gregsallin

Well said Paul. I grew up the same way and it's really hard to get over that conditioning especially since most of the people we associate thing the same way. Gotta break that!


Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@LeeSunBrotcg you're welcome Lee! Sounds like you've made a transformation and surrounded yourself with people who have an abundance mentality, that's awesome! Feel free to subscribe via the leadership survey above and we'll keep in touch.

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@gregsallin I absolutely agree Greg! For those who desire more in life, I love being a causal agent for that change :)

  1. gregsallin says:

    Well said Paul. I grew up the same way and it’s really hard to get over that conditioning especially since most of the people we associate thing the same way. Gotta break that!

  2. Paul K. says:

    gregsallin I absolutely agree Greg! For those who desire more in life, I love being a causal agent for that change :)

  3. LeeSunBrotcg says:

    really great, I was in surrounded with negative people around now, was really sad people having such mindset …thanks for sharing this

  4. Paul K. says:

    LeeSunBrotcg you’re welcome Lee! Sounds like you’ve made a transformation and surrounded yourself with people who have an abundance mentality, that’s awesome! Feel free to subscribe via the leadership survey above and we’ll keep in touch.

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gregsallin
gregsallin

Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like "there has to be more". Everyday I'm blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks... you are the man!


uluwehiokaaina
uluwehiokaaina

That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again...  

  1. uluwehiokaaina says:

    That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again…

  2. uluwehiokaaina says:

    That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again…

  3. gregsallin says:

    Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like “there has to be more”. Everyday I’m blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks… you are the man!

  4. gregsallin says:

    Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like “there has to be more”. Everyday I’m blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks… you are the man!

  5. Paul Woolley says:

    gregsallin thanks Greg, I appreciate you brother!

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samjohnson2009
samjohnson2009

Can Analyst/Supporter become more promoter/controller ?

anyone changed their personality to be more promoter who was not

mylittleSeacret
mylittleSeacret

Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

Wow, you have some great info about the promoter personality type here Paul. These are things people pay a fortune to learn in conferences!!

skuwaye
skuwaye

I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type.....

breydanblog
breydanblog

crucial info on promoter personality type..good stuff wooley!

rkakuda
rkakuda

Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@samjohnson2009 Great question Sam. To answer your question, yes. The purpose of the leadership style quiz and follow ups you'll be receiving over the next few weeks is to allow others to be aware of different personality types and how we operate and communicate with ourselves and other human beings. We all have a dominant type that has its strengths and weaknesses, however we are all capable of change and adopting characteristics of any of these types.

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@mylittleSeacret LOL Sara! One of the qualities of a Promoter personality type is that they are incredibly creative, hence also easily distracted by creativity (shiny object syndrome) :)

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@CarmenHappyMe thanks Carmen! I only hope that others will find this information as valuable as I have!

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@breydanblog Thanks Breydan! I'm hoping this helps people with selling and helping different people break through their obstacles!

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@rkakuda Thanks Ray! Its a fun to look around and see all the different types surrounding us and then I look at myself and laugh too!

  1. rkakuda says:

    Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

  2. rkakuda says:

    Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

  3. breydanblog says:

    crucial info on promoter personality type..good stuff wooley!

  4. skuwaye says:

    I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type…..

  5. skuwaye says:

    I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type…..

  6. CarmenHappyMe says:

    Wow, you have some great info about the promoter personality type here Paul. These are things people pay a fortune to learn in conferences!!

  7. mylittleSeacret says:

    Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

  8. mylittleSeacret says:

    Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

  9. samjohnson2009 says:

    Can Analyst/Supporter become more promoter/controller ?
    anyone changed their personality to be more promoter who was not

  10. Paul K. says:

    samjohnson2009 Great question Sam. To answer your question, yes. The purpose of the leadership style quiz and follow ups you’ll be receiving over the next few weeks is to allow others to be aware of different personality types and how we operate and communicate with ourselves and other human beings. We all have a dominant type that has its strengths and weaknesses, however we are all capable of change and adopting characteristics of any of these types.

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breydanblog
breydanblog

interesting post on these four personality types..

skuwaye
skuwaye

I have enjoyed reading and learning about the four personality types.  I am think I know what type I maybe.

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

Hmmm. these four personality types are so interesting. Not only in understanding myself but others around me.

RDC4
RDC4

Great post which helped me to take a better look at the different and important points of Personality Types.

rkakuda
rkakuda

Your write up on The Four Personality Types is an eye opener and allowed me to take a deeper look into myself and analyze which ones apply to me and those I associate with.  

Vitalis Okoth
Vitalis Okoth

Wow... I think as an avid Arsenal support, I am sold to the club and if I were to lead the club, this would be the strongest type of leadership that I would exhibit in the Four Personality Types that you have discussed.

Also in a relationship, one of the partners could be doing the supporting role, I suppose like being a husband or a dad (as in child birth for example)...

Yes, its not quite linear when it comes to personalities... But there is always an exception, like there is James that supports Arsenal... the guys has tattooed himself Arsenal and  wears, speaks and dreams Arsenal....

  1. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Wow… I think as an avid Arsenal support, I am sold to the club and if I were to lead the club, this would be the strongest type of leadership that I would exhibit in the Four Personality Types that you have discussed.
    Also in a relationship, one of the partners could be doing the supporting role, I suppose like being a husband or a dad (as in child birth for example)…
    Yes, its not quite linear when it comes to personalities… But there is always an exception, like there is James that supports Arsenal… the guys has tattooed himself Arsenal and  wears, speaks and dreams Arsenal….

  2. rkakuda says:

    Your write up on The Four Personality Types is an eye opener and allowed me to take a deeper look into myself and analyze which ones apply to me and those I associate with.

  3. RDC4 says:

    Great post which helped me to take a better look at the different and important points of Personality Types.

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    Hmmm. these four personality types are so interesting. Not only in understanding myself but others around me.

  5. skuwaye says:

    I have enjoyed reading and learning about the four personality types.  I am think I know what type I maybe.

  6. breydanblog says:

    interesting post on these four personality types..

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rkakuda
rkakuda

Leadership personality types is such an interesting subject!  I think I am a combination of a couple of them...

JonathanDavid
JonathanDavid

Leadership Personality types are a key factor in understanding how to focus your efforts. Great Post and we can all learn from this!

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

I truly love your series on leadership personality types. very interesting!!

AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

Leadership Personality Types is a topic everybody should learn about

AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

These series are awesome! Personalities amaze me. Thanks for sharing. Excellent post

Vitalis Okoth
Vitalis Okoth

Leadership Personality Types

There is always an analyst in a group that would like to follow facts... Like a pilot or a scientist... I experience this in my coaching. Even at an early age, you can see this trend. My wife is a teacher at a kindergarten/nursery school level and its fascinating observing leadership among a group of children. As William Golding writes in his book the Lord of the Flies, “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”  and “If faces were different when lit from above or below -- what was a face? What was anything?” ...

I really like this article Paul, I look forward to more from you....  I think there is analyst in me, when I go shopping for instant, I get overwhelmed with the choices in the supermarket... I end buying far too much in the end or nothing at all...

  1. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Leadership Personality Types
    There is always an analyst in a group that would like to follow facts… Like a pilot or a scientist… I experience this in my coaching. Even at an early age, you can see this trend. My wife is a teacher at a kindergarten/nursery school level and its fascinating observing leadership among a group of children. As William Golding writes in his book the Lord of the Flies, “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”  and “If faces were different when lit from above or below — what was a face? What was anything?” …I really like this article Paul, I look forward to more from you….  I think there is analyst in me, when I go shopping for instant, I get overwhelmed with the choices in the supermarket… I end buying far too much in the end or nothing at all…

    • Paul Woolley says:

      Vitalis Okoth Awesome quotes and awesome interpretation Vitalis! That’s cool that you identified one of your personality types and where it shows up. LOL at getting overwhelmed in the supermarket, I think that happens to many people.

    • Paul Woolley says:

      Vitalis Okoth Awesome quotes and awesome interpretation Vitalis! That’s cool that you identified one of your personality types and where it shows up. LOL at getting overwhelmed in the supermarket, I think that happens to many people.

  2. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    These series are awesome! Personalities amaze me. Thanks for sharing. Excellent post

  3. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is a topic everybody should learn about

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I truly love your series on leadership personality types. very interesting!!

  5. JonathanDavid says:

    Leadership Personality types are a key factor in understanding how to focus your efforts. Great Post and we can all learn from this!

  6. rkakuda says:

    Leadership personality types is such an interesting subject!  I think I am a combination of a couple of them…

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CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

I've been checking out these 4 personality types in your series Paul and I think I may have a lot of the promoter... hmmm. interesting.

Vitalis Okoth
Vitalis Okoth

Well written piece on promoters on the 4 Personality Types... People in politics seem to suite this to a T...

AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

The 4 Personality Types! in love with the series waiting for the next one! love

skuwaye
skuwaye

Looking forward for the test on the 4 personality types.

rkakuda
rkakuda

The 4 Personality Types is such an interesting read!  I am assessing which one(s) I fit best.  Great topic!

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@rkakuda thanks Ray! I'll be posting the last 2 today as well as an assessment on how to figure out what your dominant leadership personality type :)

  1. rkakuda says:

    The 4 Personality Types is such an interesting read!  I am assessing which one(s) I fit best.  Great topic!

  2. skuwaye says:

    Looking forward for the test on the 4 personality types.

  3. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    The 4 Personality Types! in love with the series waiting for the next one! love

  4. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Well written piece on promoters on the 4 Personality Types… People in politics seem to suite this to a T…

  5. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Well written piece on promoters on the 4 Personality Types… People in politics seem to suite this to a T…

  6. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I’ve been checking out these 4 personality types in your series Paul and I think I may have a lot of the promoter… hmmm. interesting.

  7. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I’ve been checking out these 4 personality types in your series Paul and I think I may have a lot of the promoter… hmmm. interesting.

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AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

Bionic
Bionic

knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

skuwaye
skuwaye

Leadership personality types are unique to an individual.  I want to know the other 3 besides Controller.

Vitalis Okoth
Vitalis Okoth

Each human being has their niche that they can lead, it just depends on their  style with a range of 4 Leadership Personality Types...

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

rkakuda
rkakuda

As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  1. rkakuda says:

    As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  2. rkakuda says:

    As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  3. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

  5. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Each human being has their niche that they can lead, it just depends on their  style with a range of 4 Leadership Personality Types…

  6. skuwaye says:

    Leadership personality types are unique to an individual.  I want to know the other 3 besides Controller.

  7. EricEtka says:

    knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

  8. EricEtka says:

    knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

  9. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

  10. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

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AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

Personal Responsibility! Affirmations become the next fact if you believe! You are talented brother!

rkakuda
rkakuda

I love the poem on Personal Responsibility!  Time to rise up and take personal responsibility more seriously. 

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

cool way of taking about something that really serious... Personal responsibility is a to be taken seriously. Often taken for granted, that's why leaders stand out.

breydanblog
breydanblog

True dat!! personal responsibilty is in every GREAT LEADER! damn i think i might need to make me one of these Personal Responsibility poems to...

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@rkakuda I definitely agree with that one, time to rise up!

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@CarmenHappyMe so true that often personal responsibility is taken for granted, however this poem serves as a great reminder.

Paul K..
Paul K.. moderator

@breydanblog yup Breydan looking closely, personal responsibility is definitely a strong characteristic of many great leaders!

  1. breydanblog says:

    True dat!! personal responsibilty is in every GREAT LEADER! damn i think i might need to make me one of these Personal Responsibility poems to…

  2. CarmenHappyMe says:

    cool way of taking about something that really serious… Personal responsibility is a to be taken seriously. Often taken for granted, that’s why leaders stand out.

  3. rkakuda says:

    I love the poem on Personal Responsibility!  Time to rise up and take personal responsibility more seriously.

  4. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Personal Responsibility! Affirmations become the next fact if you believe! You are talented brother!