Persistence Is the Key to Development

There is nothing more precious than persistence, it is the main ingredient that separates a dream from an achievement. Let’s say you desire to be a better leader, that you need to listen more to your employees. If you do not persist in the quest of doing so, what are you worth? Nothing more than when you started: someone who’s not proficient at listening to its employees.

When an assessment, a profile, or even a feedback on the job points out an area of development, it is easy to acknowledge it and then resume business as usual. It takes courage to go beyond the wonder of the discovery and to actually do the work of change.

Development Is a Process

When you discover that your employees and colleagues see you as being a better listener than you imagine, you think “great”. Yes, it is. It shows an area of strength under used. One could rest there and continue as usual thinking that they believe I’m better than I think. You would be wrong but you wouldn’t be alone.

The human brain presents a powerful process called homeostasis, the ability of changing the slightest thing to protect the stability of the whole system. It is for example the sweat (the change) we produce in order to avoid overheating (the stability). This process is so powerful that it affects us in our habits. Change, of any kind and based on all sort of realization, comes as a threat to homeostasis and is often fought by the body. This is why perseverance is so important.

Persistence Trumps Resistance to Change

When you build a plan and you allow yourself to work on your area of development, then you bypass homeostasis. You trace a new path of least resistance and you build a new habit. It takes repetition, courage, disbelief and vision to get there. The picture is not all that shiny. Still, millions of people take the path of perseverance because we have learned that some efforts help us thrive. If the cavern man didn’t seek better refuge that its cavern, maybe we wouldn’t have built houses. The drive of bettering things is at the root of perseverance. When you can tap into that resource then you defuse any kind of resistance.

The key to leadership development is to connect to the drive to thrive. This is where the coach comes in. The relationship with a coach is so powerful that it connects the coachee to its drive. It is bringing the best in him/her. The assessment is the first stone to achievement. It points out where are the areas of development. Then the relationship with a coach, or a mentor for that matter, triggers the right attitude to persevere and succeed. The result is a better sense of accomplishment, a broaden identity, a deep feeling of satisfaction and of course success. When someone is growing, its system grows too. So if every individuals were growing, imagine the power of the human kind would have! Let alone your company.


Sara Bigwood

Collaboration builder & Leadership Development