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Beyond technical competence: a passion for persistence

James T. Scarnati (Warren County School District, Warren, Pennsylvania, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 February 1998



Discusses persistence as a basic characteristic of successful leadership. The thematic focus is “leaders don’t give up”. Defines persistence as a process beyond technical competence. Persistent people stick to an idea or to a task and see it through to its logical conclusion. Successful individuals and organizations learn not to accept initial setbacks and continue pursuing a goal. The author cites examples of individuals and companies that persisted in moving forward even though their colleagues saw no value in their efforts. Minor failures are considered the sacrifices paid to achieve major victories. Life’s achievements are as much an act of persistence as they are an expression of innate intelligence. Provides a sound philosophy for long term success and professional fulfillment. Includes quotes from contemporary and historical leaders.



Scarnati, J.T. (1998), "Beyond technical competence: a passion for persistence", Career Development International, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 23-25.




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