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.