The first virtue related to the cardinal virtue of fortitude is Industriousness, which means diligence, especially in work that leads to natural and supernatural maturity. To practically practice this virtue, I would like to propose an “Industriousness Challenge” for administrators, teachers, and parents to consider.
When I was Principal, it dawned on me that we would often overlook those students who were genuinely industrious. Some students consistently completed their classwork, homework, projects, and any task assigned to them. In some ways, they would slip through the cracks and often not get noticed for their faithful daily efforts to be responsible. To recognize those practicing the virtue of industriousness, the teachers and I created criteria that didn’t focus only on grades but also the timely completion of work, being prepared for class and on time. The teacher placed the student’s names on the bulletin board in the front hall, and their quiet, consistent efforts were acknowledged.
I want to suggest an “Industriousness Challenge” for those in positions of authority by being more attentive to the virtues of those working with and for you. While they may not be seeking it, every person appreciates recognition. It can be easy to get involved in the day to day and take these wonderful people for granted, primarily because we know they will get the task done from start to finish. An industrious employee or co-worker is the greatest gift to any organization and most especially to those with authority.