This week, we had to analyze part of an actual dissertation (that of the class instructor, which I found a tad egotistical) for exemplaires of leadership, passion, and tenacity. This assignment was for the first of many doctoral seminar classes. A better word somewhat encapsulating all three of those traits is grit.  According to Duckworth et al. (2007) — a group that came up with the most-often used definition in the literature, grit is a “perseverance and passion for long-term goals. . . [it entails] working strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress” (p. 1087). I like the word grit. And may start using it more, both in a scholarly and professional sense.

Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.92.6.1087

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