A Leadership WORD for You - Endurance

16 Apr 2015 6:37 PM | Anonymous


A leadership skill that is rarely discussed is Endurance. What is endurance? Webster’s dictionary defines endurance as:

  • the ability to do something difficult for a long time
  • the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time
  • the quality of continuing for a long time

Think about a leader you admire. Think about a great leader in history. I bet he/she had endurance. I bet, it is safe to say, you are enduring a situation at work right now. Bad boss, lack of interesting work, crazy co-worker, misguided organizational goals and strategy, etc. etc. etc. I don’t know what your situation is at work, or maybe at home, but I challenge you to endure. Do not give up. Persevere through one more day.


Here are a few tips to help you endure.


1.       Take a day off and do something really fun.


2.       Count your blessings. There are things that are good in your life. Focus on the good. It has tremendous physiological benefits to your body.


3.       Exercise. Nothing crazy. Go for a walk. Do a push up. Walk some stairs. Go to the gym.


4.       Go into your car, turn on your favorite song and sing it at the top of your lungs.


5.       Disconnect yourself from the situation mentally and emotionally. Look at the big picture. Keep the end in mind. Keep focused on your personal strategy for success.


6.       Talk to a friend, seek out a mentor, and get some advice and counsel from someone you trust.


7.       Do something for someone else. Serve others. Send a card. Make a cake. Buy someone coffee.


Great leaders have endurance. Lots of successful projects and goals are completed because of endurance. The breakthrough you seek in your situation may be just around the corner if you are willing to endure.

Make 2015 Great!


Chapter President – ATD North Alabama

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