Grit is courage, resolve, and strength of character. But the blend of these characteristics yield a quality that’s perhaps best summarized by one word: toughness. Good leaders hold the team together in tough times by staying committed to the battle. Like the song goes, “When the going gets rough, the tough gets going!”
While grit mainly relates to the present, optimism is a component of leadership that looks to the future. A leader who has a positive view of the outcome is creating a mental framework for the team to pull through, because they foster the belief that something great is on the other side.
While a leader needs to be gritty and optimistic, they also need to be practical, using intelligence and common sense to navigate their way through the given situation. Having optimistic view of the future is great, but not at the expense of disregarding present challenges whichcan lead to costly mistakes.
A bad leader will try to save their own skin. A good leader gets into the trenches and leads by example.
Tough times are ripe for dissension and mutiny, but a good leader holds command. A respected leader commands discipline and shuts down toxic behaviours. They’ll thank you later.
- Encouragement & Communication.
A good leader encourages the team during a tough time to help them find the drive to make it through. Sometimes encouragement can be as simple as wandering around the group, patting some backs, and giving smiles or friendly words. And listening to feedback.
A good leader never finds their team unexpectedly thrust into bad times without some prior preparation. A good leader has a plan to cover all the possibilities, and knows what to do if things don’t go exactly the way they were hoping.
- Goal Steer.
Finally, most important of all, doing all the above and being able make adjustments to approaches in problem resolution.
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