The third in a series of posts on the minds of a leader that make them who they are.
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I love all the above words. It’s what came up online when I Googled the meaning of word Steadfast. I love the word steadfast, it is a quality I most admire in others and aspire to strengthen in myself.
It’s not a word used that much these days. It seems to me to be thought of as a little old fashioned. It seems to have fallen out of our vocabulary. I wonder if that’s got anything to do with how much less I see of it in others these days. Yes I’m sorry to say I’m seeing it less and less in people. I wonder if this has got anything to do with the ‘distraction’ society we live in?
When I teach meditation I explain how meditation is when we single pointedly concentrate on a something virtuous. I then talk about how concentration is so important in this and many other contexts. However, my observation is that our ability to concentrate is getting worse and worse. One of the main reasons I believe this is happening is that we are constantly ‘training in distraction’. Phones/tablets, need I say more! Maybe this is why there is so much interest in mindfulness, because we’ve been training ourselves to be everywhere except in the present.
Anyway, back to steadfastness. What is it? Why do some have it and how can it be developed?
Steadfast implies a sureness and continuousness that may be depended upon. The steadfast leader is dependable, reliable, constant and unwavering. S/he stays the course, follows through, develops good habits and keeps them.
Why do some have this quality and some don’t? A big question! My truthful answer is ‘Karma’. In simple terms some people have this naturally because they’ve created the causes to have it in the past. Some consciously develop it. How?
They think at a deeper level than most. They get clarity on who they are and what they’re about. They have a clear sense of purpose. The are also very clear about what they value and don’t value. This is all the under the water stuff which is illustrated here.
There are two principles that these people have (that can also be developed) which contribute to their steadfastness.
1. They are self disciplined. Self-discipline is the decisive element for being the best you can be. Discipline determines destiny. In businesses, discipline is the basis for the shift from good to great. In a disciplined and respectful organisation, the environment is demanding but fosters trust and cooperation. Discipline is a key leadership principle; when you are disciplined, all the other principles begin to fall into place for you.
2. They are accountable. Accountability goes beyond responsibility because it involves action and consequences. Being accountable for your own mistakes demonstrates leadership character, and true character is who you are when no one else is watching. To be an effective, inspirational, and influential leader, you must hold yourself accountable to the same high standards 24/7. You must also have the courage to hold others accountable.
Note: A potential weakness with steadfastness can be rigidity or stubbornness. It is important to recognize the fine balance at play with this mindset.
Hopefully some food for thought here. There’s a book in this subject. Maybe I should write it!
I’d love to hear your views on the steadfast mindset, tell me someone who is a great example for you? Other principles/traits you think are important in contributing to steadfastness.
Barry Walsh: Founder of the Power of Seven providing a personal advisory board of peers for ambitious business owners . 17 years experience in helping business owners and their teams develop winning strategies for business growth. Barry’s facilitation style creates a space for shared learning that leads to learning and action. www.po7.ie
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