Why is Having Patience in Leadership Important?
What makes a leader effective in all the efforts to make the teams succeed? Why does the patience in leadership play such an important role?
While many of us focus on different approaches and skill sets, we tend to forget the main driver behind the leader’s success. Is it true that patience is a virtue?
I discovered patience at the height of my anxiety issues while switching career paths and industries. It may have been one of the most daunting tasks I have ever taken and to this day, I still remember clearly every step of the way.
I haven’t followed any particular guideline in practicing patience, nor was there anyone to nudge me in the right direction. Yes, I am one of those self-taught practitioners, but I invested an extensive amount of time in research and testing.
The following reasons are not listed in any particular order, but they do complete an entire picture if practiced together.
1. Gain and Show Respect with Patience
Nobody wants to work with someone they don’t know. After you do get to know the person or a team, it takes time and effort to give and gain respect from fellow team members and co-workers.
Since gaining and giving respect can’t be achieved overnight, leaders should employ patience. Being able to patiently approach people and in return gain their respect will be mutually beneficial to both leader and team member.
Respect combined with patience is a long-term commitment and it has to be worked on continuously. One has to understand that once you do get respect, you need to nurture it and encourage others to do the same.
2. Improve Productivity with Patience
Each team member can produce results at a certain pace. Likewise, the entire teams can be productive as much as the individuals within that team.
Rushing your team members can hamper productivity as it sometimes puts unnecessary pressure on them. Although leaders should encourage their team to perform and be more productive, approaching each member with patience can be more efficient.
Improving productivity with patience will be beneficial both short and long-term. It will also provide more confidence to your teams, as they will know that their leader is patiently stimulating productivity of each team member. You can achieve better results with purposeful guidance and patience.
3. Provide more Freedom with Patience
While developing teams and individuals, you should consider providing room for improvement. If you lack patience to provide freedom for your teams and encourage progress, they might consider looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Since different people adapt at different speeds, giving them the freedom to process all the information, they will be more receptive to change. This does not mean that you will completely leave your team on their own. It just means that you will leave “breathing” space for them, which will result in more trust, and therefore, better team.
4. Develop Positive Attitude with Patience
Being a leader means that you will be tested in a difficult situation, and your ability to be patient will be essential. During those times, as a leader, you will need to take action and develop a positive attitude.
That positive attitude will not only help yourself, but it will be transferred onto team and organization. Teams and individuals will sometimes depend on the leader to display positivity. At those moments, having patience will motivate your team and its members to be positive.
5. Improve Time Management with Patience
As a leader, you will need to be proficient in time management. You may be tempted to push things and people beyond their capabilities to meet deadlines. That can result in a dissatisfied team members and ultimately a dysfunctional company.
You can improve time management skills of yourself and your team by applying patience when appropriate. Sometimes you need to slow down and maximize the time allotted, as it will produce more efficient results.
That will lead to team satisfaction and will encourage individuals to improve their own time management skills.
6. Teams Grow with Patience
Building teams and individuals require appropriate time and effort. Leaders that don’t recognize this may have difficulty growing their teams.
With patience in leadership, the right amount of effort and by taking proper steps, you can strengthen your team. This requires you as a leader to remain committed and be persistent. The key to this goes back to being patient.
Grow your team and encourage them to practice patience themselves. They will refine them as team members and it will grow the entire company.
7. Allow Recovery Time with Patience
Your team might be comprised of high performers and achieving amazing results, time over time. Just consider and remember that your team members are still human and that they have certain needs.
Over-fatigue can be detrimental to individuals, teams, and companies. As a leader, you need to recognize when the time is right to provide some breathing room. This refers to allowing recovery time and rest, which is a crucial component of any successful team.
Even the top-performing athletes take time off to recuperate and heal, which will help them in the long run. Thus, your team members should be treated like top performing athletes. Have patience for your team members and allow them decent recovery time.
8. Adapt to Change with Patience
Successful companies grow and change over time. Individuals and team members change and adapt at different speeds. Some of the teams may adapt quite easily, while others may take additional time to comprehend these changes.
Leaders must recognize the importance of adapting to change by applying patience in appropriate ways. Sometimes, individuals may be caught off-guard if the change was sudden and unplanned. Have patience for those who need more time to adapt and your team will develop more effectively.
In the end, be ready to adapt to change yourself and grow as a leader, together with your team. It’s all achievable with enough patience.
9. Build Reputation with Patience
Reputation is by definition an opinion or belief about someone or something. In leadership, reputation has to be built over time. It’s probably falling under one of the more difficult things to build upon.
You can be become a well-developed leader and differentiate yourself from the others through patience. Sometimes, reputation can be a fine line that some cross in the wrong direction. Be careful to build and maintain a positive reputation.
Your team will be more confident in your abilities if you are displaying the right attitude, which will ultimately result in reputation build-up.
10. Achieve Greater Results with Patience
How many companies do you know achieved success overnight? As Eddie Cantor said: “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” Results are built over the course of time and are a continuous process.
Your team can understand this concept better if you, as a leader guide them appropriately. Some companies and their leaders believe that they can achieve greater results by developing company culture. For that alone, you need to dedicate yourself and your team members to exercise patience.
Once you instill the importance of patience to yourself and your team members, your leadership skills will guide your team to greater results.
11. Make Better Decisions with Patience
Leaders need to make decisions. It is in their job description. Decision making can be one of the most difficult tasks leaders can encounter.
Lack of patience in making any decision can influence your team and company in a negative way. That doesn’t mean it is impossible to make the right decisions. Leaders shouldn’t be making decisions during their inconvenient times.
If something is troubling you, take extra time before making that final call. Over time, you will learn to utilize patience and make better decisions. That will produce further growth for your team members.
12. Improve Listening Skills with Patience
Successful leaders have amazing listening skills. That is one of the main reasons why they are successful. If you recognize this and put it on your priority list, there’s a definite chance that you will grow as a leader.
Be careful to differentiate hearing and listening. It’s important to have the patience to listen to others as you will be able to fully understand what that person wants to say. Since communication is a 2-way street, it requires you to listen, understand and then respond to successfully communicate ideas with others.
Leaders can further develop if they improve listening skills with patience. Learn to be the active listener.
Why Patience in Leadership
Everything I learned about leadership was through patience. All successful leaders I met and spoke to practice patience every day. That gives me and my fellow leaders more energy to continue developing our teams.
While it may be tempting sometimes to make decisions faster, thinking it will be more effective, hold yourself back for a moment. Acknowledge that you are aware of the decision-making process and time it takes to make any decision.
Grow together with your team by dedicating enough effort for individual and team development. Don’t forget to take a breather occasionally and allow your team to recover. While doing that, maintain a positive attitude and be adaptable to change.
Build a reputation by infusing integrity into your daily routine and let it become your second nature. It will show respect to everyone in your team, including yourself.
If you are looking to become the best you can be when it comes to leadership, recognize the importance of patience. Make purposeful decisions, take time and be a great leader.
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