All of the mindsets to this point share the common themes of optimism, energy and even creativity. But there’s one thing missing: action. Innovative business leaders take action on the ideas and changes they want to initiate; quite simply, they share a mindset of doing. This may involve taking the lead on a project or it could mean putting the right players in place to execute a plan. The methods may vary, but the mission is the same: taking that first step — and the next, and the next — toward change.

Being a doer also means having the will to keep going when you hit an obstacle. As Andrew Berlin, chairman and CEO of distributor Berlin Packaging, explains: “When mistakes are made — when you … run into a mountain, you run into a gorge, that road won’t go much further — adapt [and] figure out a way either to build a bridge or another path.”

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