Persistence in leadership It took me five calls and a half hour of waiting before I could get through. And when I spoke to the attendant it was quite evident that his knowledge of what was to be done was very limited. I had to drive to an office that was a few miles away before I could get to see a supervisor and after a long exchange I made it clear that if I did not receive the service that I needed I would leave the company. That was when the supervisor asked me to give him a few minutes and he would see further what could be done. After working with me for about two hours we got something done. I went home happy, but thinking that my persistence was miniscule as compared to the job of a Secretary of State who travels from country to country trying to secure cease fires, or that of the President or any world leader seeking peace.
Leadership is not easy and those who engage in it and would be successful need to be persistent. Colvin Coolidge says, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
So let me ask:
How easily do you get frustrated?
How well do you deal with your fears?
How anxious are you at facing rejection?
How strong is your courage?
How much resilience do you have when you confront failure?
How effective are you at working through pain?
How well do you deal with rudeness, without allowing it to distract you?
How courageous are you at responding to Nos?
How well do you challenge excuses?
How determined are you to use the time-consuming effort that it takes for the expert development of your skills?
How tireless are you at learning to speak, read, and doing computation and analysis, well?
How successful are you at staying on the path of a spiritual journey?
My questions might seem simple, but they are intended to raise the question of persistence in the way we lead our lives? The fundamental question is “How persistent are you?”
Any success that you wish to have in life demands persistence. Like the Apostle Paul says:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9.
To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; - Romans 2: 7
Yes, persistence is significant in all we do. I encourage your persistence.