GRIT - Building an Internal Drive

Great leaders build an incredible degree of cohesion, skill and sheer determination in their teams.

D. Brown Management Profile Picture
Share

 

Leadership Tools: You Can't Want Someone Else to Succeed More Than They Do. Book: Grit by Angela Duckworth.

What is critically difficult is striking that balance between helping and helping too much.  There is probably no better illustration than this short video of a mother duck training her ducklings to climb stairs: 

Leaders can do a lot but they can’t want success for team members more than they want it themselves.  Angela Duckworth does a great job of explaining this internal drive (GRIT) and how it has one of the highest correlations to success over any other behavior.

What leaders can do is help build grit; in themselves and their team members.  Everyone on the team can help each other.    

  • Wake up everyday and push yourself to learn or do something new.
  • When you fail get back up with a smile on your face and go again until you succeed! 
  • Stretch others by stretching them a little each day; each interaction just beyond where they have gone before then celebrate the wins.  Over time that will build grit and a habit of discipline.  
  • Talk openly about what can be achieved in life with the daily discipline of execution and stretching.

When working with contractors we work hard to strike a balance between:

  • Fishing  (SUPPORT)
  • Teaching people how to fish  (GROWTH)
  • Teaching people to teach others how to fish (SUSTAINABLE GROWTH)



Change Management Workflow
For contractors to manage changes effectively, they must understand the entire change management workflow up through the project owner’s approval and payment process.
Stop Doing Things - Peter F. Drucker
The tendency as a leader’s role evolves is to keep adding things to their list of responsibilities and to their team. What’s important is to regularly pause and reflect about what you can STOP doing to allow for new ideas if they are really better.
Control The Game You Play
The most highly leveraged decision that a contractor makes is which game they decide to play. Developing a sustainable market strategy that provides stability in all economic cycles is crucial.