“A negative leader is simply NOT a leader!” – Mario Toussanit

What do you think of when you hear or see the word GRIT? The first thing that comes to my mind is sandpaper. After doing an internet search on sandpaper, you can find many different “grits” to use depending on what you want to sand. Here is what one source says: “For heavy sanding and stripping, you need coarse sandpaper measuring 40- to 60-grit; for smoothing surfaces and removing small imperfections, choose 80- to 120-grit sandpaper. For finishing surfaces smoothly, use a super fine sandpaper with 360- to 600-grit. Many jobs require you to ‘go through the grits.’”


I like the statement “go through the grits.” How many times as leaders have we had to go through different grits? For leaders to be exactly what we are supposed to be, we have to be sanded. The hard part is nobody likes to be “rubbed” the wrong way. Another way is to say we do not like our integrity tested. Notice the “grit” in integrity? That is what defines us.


©2017 J Clay Norton