Skilled leaders need to demonstrate that they can stand up to others and tackle tough problems.
In our fast-moving world, this is not an easy task but it is necessary for a company to survive.
Also, it is important because if staff members do not have confidence in their leader, the organization will lack cohesiveness and they will lose their overall sense of purpose.
Several articles claim that grit can be learned but it seems that the authors feel this happens at a young age.
This is not true because we have seen incidents like the Boston Marathon where people overcame their handicaps and are still having successful lives.
However, we know other cases where people “gave up” and sunk into depression, etc.
Why is that?
So how does one be gritty?
According to a 2020 PositivePsychology.com article, 5+ Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit & Resilience, the author states that people who are gritty have the resilience to push through obstacles.
When faced with a difficult challenge, one must not only be resilient but also develop an open mind to explore several options before finding the best solution.
The person also needs to recognize that they may make mistakes along the way, but this is part of the learning process.
They also learn from criticism and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
Think about the last challenge you had to face.
Did you show grit?
What are ways you can build resilience?