Almost all of my client briefings start the same way: we need a good, natural leader. Tricky one of course because a good leader is different for each individual and success in one company may be a disaster in a different environment.
Nevertheless, there is one leadership trait that is the foundation of excellence: perseverance.
Perseverance is not giving up. It is courage, persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard.
With this definition in mind, it is easy to detect if you are an excellent leader. I will look at how you have faced the challenges that have come your way.
Great leaders will excel in the face of difficulties: he (or she of course) will have the guts to step up, to take some risk and to keep his focus on the desired goal. This behavior will foster trust and will set a crucial example for those who prefer to wait with their heads down for the storm to pass.
There is one great thing about perseverance. You can actually learn it.
It is all about facing and overcoming fear, about confronting your anxiety and dealing with it.
From the very start of your career you will face challenges, situations where you have no manual that will tell you what to do. It is a natural inclination to run way from these circumstances and the associated fear. Building courage and perseverance is all about facing that fear.
There are 3 main traits that you can develop that will help you.
- · The right mindset
Our mind is a powerful thing. If you are convinced that you can do something, it is much easier to motivate yourself to get through the tough times. Keep your eye on the goal and navigate through the difficulties with a pragmatic sense of optimism. Wining about the things that you don’t have, never got anybody anywhere.
- · The right motivation
No one overcomes difficulties just for the sake of it. Define a clear picture of what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Find motivation from within and nothing will be able to stop you.
- · The right skillset
If you cannot swim, you may overcome the fear of jumping of a cliff but you will not reach the shore in spite of your optimistic mindset and your strong motivation to survive.
Gradually build a strong skillset that will allow you to be creative and to look at difficulties from a different angle.
Combining these 3 traits will allow you to overcome most obstacles and if you fail, they will help you to get up, learn from the experience and move forward.
Tell me, what do you do when the going gets rough?
I look forward to hearing from you,
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