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True Grit: From Prime Ministers to Ball Boys

Posted by Lynn Daniel in General, True Grit

Last week I wrote about Professor Duckworth’s research on grit and its importance to success (True Grit: What does it take to be Successful).  Grit, in her definition, has two components.  One is an almost single-minded focus on achieving your objectives.  It is not done with simply a desire to getting things done but, rather, a true desire and passion to make things happen (compelling passion).  It is also a willingness to get up, brush one’s self off and keep going even after apparent failure.  What I wish to do in this blog is to ask you to think about leaders who have demonstrated a compelling passion to make things happen and one who was willing to recover from apparent failure.

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True Grit: What Does It Take to be Successful

This topic may seem a little unusual for me to be blogging about.  Perhaps it is but we are increasingly looking at the connection between how engaged employees are and how this impacts the quality of service an organization delivers and, ultimately, its financial success.  I personally think that those people who feel successful at what they do are far more likely to be engaged with their life’s work.  But just what contributes to one being successful?

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