Via PriSim: “Sandpaper” Leadership – The Importance of Grit in Business


Accomplishing anything worthwhile in life requires determination and tenacity. But is there another level of “courageous persistence” that can offset a lack of pure talent?

The characteristics of grit and resilience have been getting a lot of attention in business and in education. Recently, some of our international clients have made resilience a focus of their business simulation-based leadership courses.

Here’s a great Forbes discussion on the topic, including Malcolm Gladwell’s concept of “practice with purpose” and Angela Duckworth’s focus on perseverance. Rather than just relying on pure talent, high-achievers seem to universally demonstrate grit when the going inevitably gets tough.

In business and in leadership, determination can often win the day. Do you show grit in your day-to-day business activities? And conversely, have you ever wondered if rather than being courageously persistent, you’re actually just sticking too long to a doomed plan?

PriSim Business War Games Inc. runs and designs customized business simulations that teach decision-makers about business, strategy, finance, and leadership.

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