Will power is essential for any virtuous person and especially for the virtuous leader. The ability to delay gratification, to put off something good today for something even better in the future, is classically associated with the virtue of temperance.
Can we train ourselves and others to have greater will power? Can it be learned? As leaders, can we provide the training in “will power” skills? The young experimenter Hyrum Grenny, son of social scientist and author Joseph Grenny shows it can in this four minutes video involving the famous Marsh-mellow experiment. Virtuous leaders are always teachers and developing will power is one of the most important lessons to offer.