At some point in your career, you’ve likely had a leader that wanted things yesterday.
When you deliver the item, they don’t even look at it immediately and sometimes leave it up to a week before reviewing it. What was the point in rushing to get the work done?
No doubt these moments have stuck with you. But it should make you pause, reflect on yourself, and ask if you are a patient leader. Do you change strategies in the blink of an eye because you’re not getting results? Maybe you constantly switch up processes or procedures as you learn about new approaches.
Some leaders struggle to let strategies play out. If you’re not one of these people, here’s why you should be.
You’ll Learn More From Waiting Longer
You can learn more from the results and your people when you’re a patient leader. It is the difference between determining what a trend is and what is becoming the norm. You can’t do this if you keep chopping and changing according to what happened yesterday.
Sometimes you have to trust the process and let things play out. Before switching to another strategy, you need time to learn what is working. It can be challenging to watch, especially if the performance is suffering. But you need to be patient to ensure you understand the complete picture.
It Creates a Better Culture
Remember the example above about your boss asking for something immediately when they didn’t really need it? Without sounding like a psychiatrist, how did this make you feel? Now imagine what your team is feeling when you’re constantly changing things up.
When you’re patient and willing to let a strategy play out, you show your people you’re in control. It sets an example for the culture that it’s not about panicking at the slightest dip in a number. You’re a patient leader and willing to trust the process before instigating change.
You Can Dive Deeper into the Data
When you’re patient, you can take additional time to look into the data you’re using to make decisions. You might think you have enough of an understanding to determine the way forward and what you need to do to achieve your goals. But what if you missed something?
When you take the time to look closer at the data, you’ll gain more certainty about the situation and your decisions. You can also tell your superiors the whole story rather than just what you see. But it takes patience to perform this task.
It Reduces the Workload
Changing strategies requires additional work from your direct reports. They may need to learn new processes or get trained in other systems. But if you’re patient and wait for things to play out, you’re eliminating the need for your team members to take on extra tasks to fulfil a change in a direction.
It also gives your team time to improve upon their existing skillset. Instead of worrying about the numbers, you can focus on coaching and development to help get them back on track. You can’t do this if you’re constantly chasing trends or changing direction every time the numbers move.
Take the Steps to Become a Patient Leader
There is a reason they say patience is a virtue. It inspires confidence in your team members when you’re calm and collected. They can focus on their current workload and get better at it rather than learning new processes and procedures. But it all starts with you being a patient leader. So take the steps to become this type of manager.
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