Being open-minded is always at the top of the list of when it comes to traits and habits you need to acquire to be a happy person.

You need to be able to stretch your thoughts, knowledge, and ideas beyond any self-constructed boundary. Someone who projects a know-it-all attitude is often a turn off, therefore being open minded means you have to be coachable and teachable.

Open-mindedness is critical to job success and open-minded people don’t care to be right, everything is about understanding. The ability to think of things from various angles and viewpoints allows them to accept more.

So, what makes open-minded people so open-minded?


Being open-minded typically makes you more adaptable to a unique work environment and job. Employers usually want to hire someone they can mold into the type of employee who fits well in their organizational culture. Open-minded employees are usually better equipped to cope with jobs and co-workers who are different than what they are used to. This is especially important in the early 21st century, as workplaces become more diverse. Showing acceptance of different cultures, genders, races, ethnicity and ages makes it easier for the hiring manager to take a chance on you.


An attitude of open-mindedness is also strongly correlated to workplace flexibility. A hiring manager may see you as more capable of taking on a job that requires multi-tasking. You may also get opportunities to participate in a wide array of work projects and tasks because of your willingness to learn and try new things. If you find that your current job is not the best fit for your passions and talents, your employer will more likely consider job changes based on your open-minded approach.


Increased emphasis on work teams has made open-minded employees even more valuable. Without a spirit of listening and cooperation, it is hard for groups to complete projects and optimize quality. Stephen Covey discusses the importance of open-mindedness in his chapter on “Synergize” in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He indicates that open-minded team members learn things they wouldn’t on their own and participate in greater solutions than they could come up with alone. Being open-minded helps you work through interpersonal or intra-team conflicts that arise when people work in close quarters.



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