We often get asked by clients if they feel their team has sufficient 'leadership headroom' to succeed in their environment. There are many scientific and empirical ways of assessing this type of potential, but two elements which need to be present are emotional intelligence and grit. A balance between interpersonal sensitivity and resilience gives a strong foundation for any leader to continue to progress.
The advantages of a grit-propelled life for that particular individual are undisputed. Long before Duckworth made grit famous, cognitive science has known about what makes this possible: cognitive control. A fundamental ability of mind, cognitive control lets us focus on one task and ignore distractions, keep a long-term goal in mind as we work toward it (that’s the grit part), manage disrupting emotions, be ready to learn, and more. Consider what companies look for in the people they hire, the early career managers they spot as having high leadership potential, and the abilities they want to cultivate in leaders. “Grit” is not on that list.