Why Leaders Must Be Fighting Men or Women

As a leader, you’ve probably experienced times of feeling down and out. Like you couldn’t go on anymore.

You just wanted to give up and throw in the towel. But you know better.

You’re a leader who is persistent. You’re a leader who is resilient. You’re a leader who is determined.

You’re a fighting leader.

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Leadership will draw out traits in you that you never knew you possessed. One of those will be the spirit of a fighter.

There will be times when your position of leadership requires you to be a fighter. Kind of like Rocky, but instead of knocking someone out you persist and continue. Taking on the trials of leadership.

Your time as a fighter will require three traits:

  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Determination


Tests and trials will come as you continue to lead. There’s going to be stress upon stress that will try to tear you down. People will come against you.

During this time you’re going to need persistence.

Persistence is the continuation regardless of the persecution that comes against it. It’s knowing you have something to give this world and you’re going to do it.

Become a persistent leader.

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
— Elbert Hubbard


You’ll also need resilience.

This means you’re able to bounce back from the adversity you’ll face. It’s not easy but it’s something you must do.

Learn how to take the hits that will come at you. Let the blows push you forward. Bounce back and return stronger than ever.

Become a resilient leader.

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
— Steve Maraboli


Determination is the last trait I’ll talk about today.

Fighting leaders use determination to settle disputes or arguments. It’s used to lay down the law and say “This is the way it is.”

Leaders need to be able to make decisions and stick with their choice.

You need to be decisive. Settled. Resolved.

Become a determined leader.

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
— Horace Mann

The Fighting Leader

When you combine persistence, resilience, and determination you have a fighting leader.

He knows what he needs to do. He knows how to bounce back. He knows how to make a decision.

With these ideas firmly in mind, you’re able to go forward and lead well.

Go fight the good fight!

Question: Have you ever thought of yourself as a fighting leader? Do you need to be more persistent, resilient, or determined? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I think these same qualities pertain to anyone who is working to succeed at a creative, athletic, or at many professional level jobs.  Oh, and to grow a blog, too.

    • DS

      You’re absolutely right Dan.  These are life skills.

    • I’m with you Dan. One of the great things about life, principles, and qualities is that they often are applicable to other facets of our lives. 

  • DS

    We definitely are required to push through – when things are good, the pushing me seem easy, when things are bad it may feel a LOT harder.

    I think that’s a great thing about sharing stories – we can share how and what we’ve overcome.  It’s not if we’ll be challenged, but when.  And when we’re challenged, the more tools we have at our disposal, the better off we’ll be.

    • Excellent point DS. Another bonus to stories is it allows us to know we’re not alone in what we’re experiencing. There’s someone who’s gone before us.

      • DS

        That’s the beauty of connecting with others, and having a working knowledge of our Bible.  Lots of great resources to help encourage and inspire us.

  • I know that as a leader I need to be more of all three of these things. Want and need leaders that have these qualities in their leadership, it inspires us when we see it.

    • We all do Kimanzi. There will never be a day when we reach the pinnacle and have it down. Since you realize you need more of these three, what are you doing to go after them?

  • I think adding perspective helps with all three. I can be persistent if I have a picture of what I’m trying to accomplish. I can be resilient if I know this adversity is only for a season. I can be determined if I know my actions are in line with the big life decisions I’ve made.

    • I like that Tom. When we focus on our goal or reason for being, we’re more driven to that end.

  • I feel like I’m a fighter for the cause of my team.  I want to stand up for them.  I want to fight for them.  I want to help them succeed.  I want them to win.  And so I fight on.

    • Awesome Jon. As long as you’re standing up for what’s right and helping them succeed, that makes you a fighter. Keep up the good fight.

  • I love that quote by Steve Maraboli. I really wonder why life has to feel more complicated, the older i get. I find myself longing for the ‘simple old days’ lol.

    I am a persistent, determined person, esp when it comes to personal leadership. i don’t always do well when it comes to resilience ( i lick my wounds too long, sometimes stay down far too long). But am getting there. I think just being a Christian demands a whole lot of resilience 🙂

    • It’s an awesome quote, isn’t it? I liked it because I think too often we pile on complications and difficulties we don’t need to. Through it, we become stronger and more resilient though.

  • All three are essential when it comes to leadership or living a thriving life. My mom through her example taught me the above traits(The examples are to long to write in this comment section) but in short a single parent who moved across country to get away from my dad and worked hard to eventually rise to a senior leadership position in a company. Great post and quotes. 

    • Sounds like your mom was quite the woman Dan. It’s reassuring she was able to instill such great values in your life as you were growing up.

  • This is a post I needed to read today…Thanks for sharing it!

    • Glad it’s what you needed today Brandon. Hope things are going well. Missed your comments around here lately. Busy with school?

      • I was super busy this semester with school! I’m almost done with my 2 yr college degree. I just have one class left, and then I can transfer for another 2 yrs to prepare for medical school.
        It has been super busy this semester, but I finally finished. I just found out today that I had straight A’s for the semester! I was really excited about that.
        I’m leaving the country this weekend to go on a wk long cruise with my family, so it will be a nice break…I need one! Haha…I hope all is going well with you?

        •  Congrats on the great grades! Keep it up Brandon.

          All is well on my front. A lot of busyness is happening at work and Pam & I just celebrated our 8th anniversary. Crazy how time flies!

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