You can usually make out the players on the field who are playing for themselves, (the prima-donna’s), compared to those who are playing for the team. When the score is against them, when an injury or set-back occurs, the difference between the two is unmistakeable. Prima-donna’s find some way to blame others or remove themselves from the game. Team players dig deeper and find a determination that keeps their head and heart in the game, they often play hurt.
Determination links into the the first of these leadership principles, On-Purpose leadership. When the cause is so great we can’t conceive of being taken out of the solution, we find a way to stay at it because quitting is not an option for us. Failure is seen as a lesson to learn from, not a reason to abandon the cause.
As we lead, especially as we lead for change, we put ourselves on the line to be observed and criticized. Determination refuses to let what others say about us detour us. Not to say these kinds of things don’t hurt, they just don’t get us off course. Being determined, when we are self-aware, is a healthy place to lead from. Determination willingly accepts when others around us point out our blind spots and makes adjustments with humility and courage, but it presses forward regardless of the personal pain.
There is an amazing story in the gospel of Luke about four friends who were determined to find a way to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus. Crowds blocking the streets did not turn them back, a doorway packed with observers didn’t squelch their drive. They took to the roof of the building Jesus was in and dug through mud, wood, clay, and stucco creating a hole big enough to lower their friend down, right where he needed to be.
Here’s a book summary that might be helpful as you think about this leadership principle. Our agreement with Leadership Studies allows us to share these with everyone who is influenced by Richwoods.
Grit to Great by Linda Kalpan Thaler and Robin Koval
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