It's probably Rudyard Kipling's most famous poem. Theodore Roosevelt slept every night with a copy of it beside his bed. In the heart of the poem we read:
'If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: â€˜Hold on!' (Rudyard Kipling - If)
Tenacity, the will to hold on. Let's face it, in education today leadership demands plenty of tenacity. Tenacity springs from a belief in the purpose of what you are doing. If the culture of your school, its moral purpose, does not align with your professional moral purpose, then seeing things through, being congruent in your leadership and toughing out the difficult times will always be more dependent on the available time, resources and degree of challenge than on tenacity. For the truly tenacious leader the amount of time available, the extent of the resources and the difficulty of the task are minor determining features in achieving success.It is well worth considering why you find it easy or hard to be a tenacious leader in your school or college.