Unwavering commitment and patience in leadership

Unwavering commitment and patience in leadership


Leadership is a complex and multifaceted role that requires a deep understanding of three key success factors.


Key success factors in leadership include hands-on role modelling, unwavering commitment, and long-term follow-up for continuous improvement. In this article, we will discuss these essential elements and their significance in creating a sustainable and results-driven work environment.

Hands-on role modelling

One of the critical aspects of effective leadership is hands-on role modelling. A leader should demonstrate the values, behaviours, and work ethics they want their team to adopt. By actively participating in tasks, showing dedication, and maintaining open communication, leaders can create a culture of trust, cooperation, and shared learning. This approach fosters a sense of unity and encourages employees to emulate their leader’s behaviour, leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce.

No compromises, no fear of failure, and no giving up halfway

The second key success factor in leadership is an unwavering commitment to achieving goals. Leaders must be willing to take risks, face challenges, and continuously push the limits to achieve the desired results. They should not settle for half-good outcomes, as this can demotivate team members and hinder overall progress.

Fear of failure can be detrimental to the success of a team, as it can prevent leaders from taking necessary risks and exploring new opportunities. By embracing failure as a learning opportunity, leaders can create an environment where team members feel comfortable taking calculated risks and experimenting with innovative solutions.

Recognising the long-term nature of sustainable improvement

Effective leadership requires the understanding that improvement is a long-term process. It takes time to build a strong, high-performing team and to instill a culture of continuous improvement. Leaders must be patient and recognise that sustainable growth cannot be achieved overnight. They should provide ongoing support and guidance to their team members, ensuring they have the resources and training needed to refine their skills and contribute to the organisation’s success.

Kaizen, or continuous improvement, encapsulates this approach perfectly. By fostering a mindset of constant refinement and innovation, leaders can help their teams develop resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges and changing circumstances.

Achieve lasting success

The key success factors in leadership – hands-on role modelling, unwavering commitment, and recognising the long-term nature of sustainable improvement – are crucial to creating a thriving work environment. By embodying these principles, leaders can inspire their teams to strive for excellence, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous growth. It is through this steadfast dedication to improvement and development that organisations can achieve lasting success.


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Adapted from the thinking of Harada, T. (2015). Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man who Invented the Toyota Production System. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

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