When things become tough, either at work or in life, it requires grit and perseverance. The road to success is rarely a bed of roses, and it takes hard work and patience to see things through. The only way out is through it.
Perseverance simply means “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition: the action or condition or an instance of persevering”: steadfastness (Merriam-Webster).
We know perseverance is essential in work because it allows people to continue working towards their goals even when things get tough. It allows individuals to develop the necessary skills that will elevate them to the next level. There is a tendency to want to help others eliminate or reduce their struggle, and in doing so, we may unintentionally deprive them of necessary growth.
Instead of rescuing others, we can support them in ways that give them the fortitude to carry on and move through the challenge, resulting in a renewed sense of self-confidence and belief.
Perseverance helps you build character and reap rewards that are everlasting. Here are the top three qualities Perseverant Leaders possess:
They Keep Asking Why
People who persevere are the ones who continue to ask ‘why’. It serves as a constant motivator and keeps you on track. It can be as simple as: why am I doing this? The more you remind yourself, the clearer your purpose gets. This is the fuel that moves you forward.
They Have Self-Belief
You may have heard people say: if you don’t believe in yourself, how will they? If you want to achieve anything, you need to believe in your skills and abilities. Successful leaders understand the connection between self-belief and the change they want to make in the world. Fostering your self-belief is developed through perseverance.
They Make Room For Vulnerability
It isn’t easy to face your failures, and it especially isn’t easy to ask for help. Successful people persevere because they know how to learn from their mistakes and overcome setbacks. Instead of giving up, they know how to pick themselves up and ask for help. They aren’t afraid of being vulnerable and reaching out to others in times of need.
In today’s world, leaders have to consistently challenge their mindset, remain flexible and creative in how they solve issues and persevere with vulnerability. Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability is the best measure of courage”.