When psychologist and science author Angela Duckworth spent time serving as a high school math teacher, she noticed a prominent gap existed between what a kid was capable of doing and what they actually did. Curious about this disconnect, Angela has since spent countless hours studying why the smartest and most talented people in the room aren’t necessarily the most successful. What she found over years of research was that success is not determined by your ability to learn easily and quickly (IQ). It isn’t about how talented you are, either. It all comes down to grit.
Grit is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals,” as Angela defined in a speech from 2013. It is the continued pursuit of goals despite the challenges and failures that come along the way; it is stamina. “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” she said.
When a leader has grit, they are able to build their talents over a period of time into skills that lead them to success. Gritty leaders fight even when feeling defeated. They lead when no one else follows. They hold themselves accountable every step of the way to achieving their long-term goals.
Leaders need grit, not only for their own achievements, but also in the people they hire. You can bring in brilliant and talented people who, without grit, lack the passion and resilience your organization needs from its team members to reach its goals.
All this to say, grit is essential to becoming a leader worth following. At Leadercast 2022—The One Thing, taking place May 4 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Angela will discuss the topic of grit in detail as the one thing you need to truly thrive in your leadership. She will share the stage with nine fellow leaders all gathering to answer one simple question: “What is the one thing that makes a leader worth following?”
Leadership in itself is a skill that requires grit to develop, and as author of the New York Times best-seller, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” there is no one better to school you on the topic at Leadercast’s can’t-miss event. Gritty in her own right, Angela is also the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit with a mission to advance scientific insights that help children thrive.
Do you lead with grit? Are you taking steps to become a gritty leader? Join Angela at Leadercast 2022—The One Thing and you will be one step closer to reaching your long-term goals as a leader with grit. Attend live on May 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio, or virtually at select locations around the globe.