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.

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