It ain’t fame and fortune, folks.
Wish it was.
Leadership expert Ron Edmondson says leaders are magnets for pain.
And while the general public may only see “the gain” – or whatever else the media chooses to report out – the reality is that it’s not uncommon for every leader’s “stamina” to be consistently challenged.
And, oh yeah, (I almost forgot!) there’s always a measure of pain involved, too!
It’s funny, isn’t it?
How the ol’ “no pain, no gain” maxim is totally true.
It’s not just something gym teachers yell at middle schoolers.
Edmondson says good leaders manage their “no pain, no gain” reality with an inner endurance.
Actually, he calls this trait “tenacity” and his recent blog post about it is pretty good.
He’s a pastor, so be prepared for a spoonful of faith if you choose to click over to his site and check it out.
It seems that leaders basically fall into two camps.
They either “put aside” the pain that comes with their role (and force themselves to ignore it) or they “accept and embrace” the pain altogether and simply work through it.
Edmondson presents a study which spotlights the best and the most effective camp to be in.
And we all like this “researched based” stuff, don’t we?
So, you won’t have any trouble looking it up and seeing for yourself.
I only wish I didn’t have to learn I’ve been in the wrong camp for so many years.