They all had it...

Wed, 2012-06-06 07:52 -- tomjonez


This week as I have been talking with several successful leaders I have noticed a quality in each of them that was held in common, even though they did not know each other.

I puzzled to find the word that would capture what I observed.

What I felt when I was with them.


And then the word crystalized in my mind:


That’s it.  Resolve.  It's a close cousin of determination.  But determination has too much wiggle-room in it.  It’s a good word.  Just not good enough.

The right word is resolve. Only in all-caps: R-E-S-O-L-V-E

Some of the leaders I was with were quiet.  Some were gregarious.  Some reflective.  And some verbal-processors. But they all had one thing in common.

Resolve.  Firmness of purpose, freedom from wavering or indecision, resolute… steadfast.

I saw it.  I felt it. I knew it was real when I encountered the resolve in each leader.

That’s what I observed this week. Resolve.