Jan. 27, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Bosses: Are You Too Gritty for Your Own Good?
Grit it great, most of the time. But some leaders may be too gritty for their own good. Long a hallmark of overachievers, grit is trendy nowadays – largely due to research by Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at University of Pennsylvania. She finds that grit, defined as passion and perseverance toward long-term goals, better predicts success than talent or intelligence.
On the other hand, some driven senior managers “are getting burned out over being gritty,” often because they don’t know when to give up, says Richard Chaifetz, head of ComPsych Corp., a major provider of employee assistance programs. ComPsych has seen an increase in calls from such stressed executives in the past year or so.
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