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True Grit

May 3, 2024
Contributed by: Sarah Richardson
Cybersecurity leadership in high-risk organizations demands not just technical skills but also personal qualities like mental toughness and perseverance, or what Angela Lee Duckworth defines as "grit." Duckworth outlines grit as being crucial for success, emphasizing the importance of passion, resilience, and dedication toward long-term goals over innate talent or intelligence. The field of cybersecurity, characterized by relentless threats and constant challenges, requires leaders to be resilient, adaptable, and continuously committed. To develop grit, cybersecurity leaders should engage in practices such as reflective scenario planning, setting and pursuing long-term goals, learning from setbacks, fueling their passion for the work, and routinely practicing perseverance and commitment. This development of grit is essential for leading effectively in the dynamic and demanding realm of cybersecurity, allowing leaders to inspire their teams and navigate the myriad of challenges with a sense of purpose and determination.
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