Grit: The Secret Ingredient for Long-Term Success

It’s common knowledge that employers and management teams see value in professionals who show up with a “can-do” spirit. But there’s more to being successful than just a positive attitude.

It’s grit that other leaders appreciate. 

What is Grit?

“Grit” refers to a person’s mental fortitude, in other words, their endurance and desire to pursue a goal to its completion. In a professional setting, grit is a valuable characteristic for a leader to possess. Whether an individual is officially in a position of leadership or strives to guide the rest of their team forward, a teammate with grit is a powerful addition to a group.

Though it may appear like only the most resilient leaders embody this trait, grit is something that anyone can have. It’s just a matter of developing the right mindset for it.

A gritty worker is able to face challenges ahead with a clear head, knows how to motivate each team member they collaborate with, accepts the benefits and responsibilities that come with being a leader, and is committed to achieving realistic goals.

Why Do You Need It?

It’s easy to see how grit has a special place in a professional environment. Planning, pursuing, and achieving goals might be done every now and then without a gritty person captaining the effort, but for long-term success, it’s a must.

This is because a gritty leader sees a project to completion, no matter what challenges cross their path. They stay on course and avoid having their work derailed by workplace distractions. A gritty leader’s confidence is contagious, and their belief in themselves inspires others to believe in the possibilities ahead.

Because anyone can have grit, it makes success attainable for everyone, regardless of their experience levels or specific talents. After all, a person who really wants to succeed will power through and learn everything they need to succeed. A person who isn’t very committed to a goal will likely fail, even if they know the right path to take.


If you want to learn more about grit in a professional setting and discover ways to harness this attitude in your own work, check out our program, Find Your Grit: Lead with Passion and Inspire Others.