Show me a leader with patience and I’ll show you someone people trust.
Dealing with people requires patience. They’re putting up with you all the time.
4 dangers of impatience:
- Fractured relationships.
- Fear driven results. (Not entirely a bad thing. A little fear goes a long way.)
- Excuses for rudeness.
- Coming off as arrogant. If you’re constantly frustrated with people, you’re an arrogant ass.
Patience isn’t weak, doesn’t accept mediocrity or tolerate lethargy.
Patient leaders are easy-going and tenaciously persistent.
- Reaches anger slowly. Leaders who constantly control frustration aren’t patient. They’re self-controlled.
- Provides time for improvement.
- Shows respect for the process.
- Trusts others to rise up. The past predicts the future when it comes to rising up.
- Focuses on solutions, progress, and development. Impatience just gets it done.
- Endures – keeps trying when others give up. I’d rather have a patient teammate than a flashy one.
- Loves people. The heart of patience is love.
- Kicks butt kindly.
- Remains quiet under stress. Frantic is weak. Patient is strong.
- Lets others struggle, but watches for drooping shoulders and sagging hearts.
Bonus: Patient leaders take responsibility for failure and work to prevent it from happening again.
Patient leaders deal with imperfection while moving forward.
Patience is not:
- Playing dead to mediocrity.
- Sweeping problems or issues under the carpet.
- Showing irritation but saying, “Don’t worry about it.”
Show patience when:
- Progress is satisfactory and ongoing.
- Passion for improvement burns hot.
- Talent searches for it’s place.
- New responsibilities are assumed or assigned.
- Others are frustrated with failure.
- Planning. Go slow at the beginning so you can go fast at the end.
- Trying hard falls short.
Bonus: Show patience when failure is the result of inexperience, lack of training, or sincerely taking on too much.
Failures that surround you may point to your lack of leadership.
How is patience strengthening your leadership?
How much patience is too much?