Former Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Frank Gaudette liked to say, "I reserve the right to wake up smarter every day." That's a great example of a mental approach in which leaders commit to continuously developing their abilities, Steven Snyder writes in this book excerpt. "A leader with a growth mind-set is consciously aware that ability is not innate and unchangeable but instead a malleable quality that can continuously be augmented through practice and persistence," he writes.

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