Eric Jacobson

How To Lead With GRIT

In Leadership, Leadership Books, Leading on April 19, 2015 at 8:23 am

Feelings of being stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated plague too many of our workplaces says Laurie Sudbrink, author of the new book, Leading With GRIT.

So, drawing on her over 20 years of coaching a wide range of organizations, colleges and Fortune 500 companies, Sudbrink provides in her book a road map to improve individual and organizational health.

That road map includes teaching readers the principles of GRIT:

  • Generosity
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Truth

Laurie Sudbrink

“It is not only the concepts of GRIT, but how they are combined, that make them so effective,” shares Sudbrink.

Divided into three parts, Part I of the book is geared toward the individual, and is foundational to your success as a leader.

Part II focuses on communicating with GRIT — making communication easier, more enjoyable and more productive.

Part III is how, in our role as leaders, we apply and sustain GRIT in the workplace, creating systems that help keep everyone on track.

Particularly helpful to me were the SHIFT guides at the end of each chapter where Sudbrink asks the reader to:

  1. Scan the chapter and then list the topics that resonated most.
  2. Hone in on one or two areas that will make the biggest impact.
  3. Image the impact.
  4. Figure out your plan and how you will stay on track.
  5. Take action by scheduling the action for now and include a follow-up date.

I also found both interesting and useful the GRIT Self-Awareness Assessment that you can take before launching into the book.

Sudbrink is the founder and president of Unlimited Coaching Solutions, Inc.

Thanks to the book’s publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book.

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