team-150x150It is clear that the theory of mindset is very useful for individuals, both for children and adults. Believing that your traits and capabilities can be developed has many advantages (see for example this interview). But it would be wrong to think that a growth mindset is only relevant for individual functioning. It is also relevant for families, teams, departments, organizations, and societies. I say this for two reasons.
The first reason the growth mindset is relevant for groups is because the development of a growth mindset depends to an important degree on how people in groups interact with each other. For example, the way people give feedback to each other influences mindsets. Giving trait praise (“You are very smart”) diminishes a growth mindset while giving effort compliments (“You have tried really hard”) enhances a growth mindset. There are other things which influences mindsets too, such as saying that it is normal to put in effort, that making mistakes is inevitable, and that persistence is important for achieving success.
The second reason that the growth mindset is relevant for groups is that the degree to which there is growht mindset within a group affects the way the group functions. A growth mindset culture has many advantages, both for individual group members and for the group as a whole. This applies both to small groups (such as families) and large groups (such as societies).  You can read more about these advantages in this article: Developing a Growth Mindset РHow individuals and organizations benefit from it.
Recently Roelien van der Woude, Annabel van der Linden en I have done research in a large Dutch organization. In that study we discovered that a growth mindset is associated to work engagement. The more employees had a growth mindset, the more engaged they were in their work. Soon, I hope to able to tell you more about that study.

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