Patience – a rarely used leadership skill

Use patience

The culture of leadership is about doing, doing more, more efficiently and for longer periods. Patience is not on any recommended skill list, but it should. The higher you get, the more patience you must have.

The higher you get, the more patience you need

Patience is not something you put on your CV, but if you are an executive, you should. The higher you are in the hierarchy, the more patient you need to be. Your decisions will impact many people, at multiple levels and it may take weeks or months for the implementation to be complete and people to start adapting. If you restructure your company/division/team every quarter, it will feel like constant change and incompetence at the bottom of the ladder.

What can you do?

If you are an executive, make fewer changes and use the remaining time to look out of the windows and have long-term strategic thoughts.

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