In the business world today, there is a lot of uncertainty. There is a regular pressure on every leader to generate results, create a workable environment, and build a unified and effective team to be able to achieve sustainable outcomes. The employees, on the other hand, are not ready for the uncertainty and the necessity for them to put in more effort towards work, this would often cause tempers to flare up making the workplace uncomfortable. The regular pressure from the employees and your goal does not only test you leadership capability but also your patience
Leaders must be mindful of the mindset of all the employees and also the demands of the workplace daily. The workplace determines the impact on the employee’s attitude, loyalty, and desire towards work.
You must have heard the saying “Patience is a Virtue” and it is said that you must be able to exercise patience for you to be a good person. Most Especially in the present days, it can be easily said that you grow more and more frustrated, this might be due to work, social issues, personal life, or government and in most cases. some of these would rather force you to change your way of living. The individual effort to have this patience is continuously been tested day by day and as leaders, we must be able to meet up with people expectations, alongside making up for those who have lost their patience in the course.
Leaders who find it difficult to excise patience will not be able to couple with the market and will soon get their career short-lived. The market demands your patience and your employees will take it that their leaders are open-minded, willing, able to handle any circumstance and compassionate and this will create a better working environment for both leaders and employees.
Now let’s see how patience complements leadership.
1. Patients Enables You To See Through Others
As a leader, it is very important for you to be objective as to when judging and sharing your own opinion about how other people are managing or have managed certain circumstance. You should always remove yourself from personal opinions and view each situation at hand like you are viewing from the outside.
Having in mind that people without foresight are prone to grow impatient, you should build your patience strong enjoy to study and handle pressure wisely such that you will be accountable and able to resolve them. Always try to see through your employees and connect with time, and this is built on patience and self-trust.
2. Always Ask, Act With Positive Attitude And Listen Diligently
In leadership, for you to go far and lead well, you must ask questions and also be a good listener. This attitude of been able to ask with a positive attitude, and listen diligently can be achieved with patience, it means that you would have to let go of all forms of impatience and embrace the ability to lead and learn alongside. As a leader, you should respect and embrace processes and not hurry to jump procedures
It is also important to always show this positive attitude. Take, for example, you arrived late to the office due to been stuck in traffic for some hours, and you decide to go straight to the office and take a brief time to reflect and plan again since the traffic had caused some changes. Now, right about that moment, you stepped into your office to find some unexpected guest, which happen to be some important clients. You are left with two options at this point (i) Smile, thank them for their visit and attend to them like you have not been in a frustrated state (At like a Leader) or (ii) show to them that you have been frustrated either by the tone of your voice or through body language (At like a Victim)
The power of positive attitude and smile is a virtue of the practice of patience and helps you to carry out your Leadership roles.
3. Unbiased when Evaluating Tension Points
Been unbiased and for no reason take side can only be perfected as a leader through extremely open-mindedness and patience under pressure. Take for instance; you became frustrated with an employee that does not have the ability to see want you are seeing or haven seen in a particular client. Now, your patience with your employee is been tested. If you are able to exercise this patience, you see that the ways the employees approach problems and implement their strategic thought are sometimes better and more effective.
Exhibiting patience as a leader requires you to always carefully evaluate tension points. Finding out how others have managed them and finding the possible solution that will help you to prepare for the unexpected and get a better understanding of the root cause of such problems. But note: it is not a substitute for not showing concerns to particular tension points created by employees.
4. You Never Run Away From Your Responsibilities
As a leader, one key role or practicing good leadership is to be able to handle your responsibilities. As leaders it is always common for us to grow impatient with employees that will always make excuses, won’t take directions well or won’t pay attention to what you are saying. Patience helps you to conduct proper diligence and also have it in mind that it might be your fault. Been able to practice patience in such situations can be a positive and collective ways of solving problems
Never run from being responsible, always set determinations, be accountable and communicate with your team or employees, this will earn you more respect. Whenever your patience is tested with responsibilities, use that as an opportunity to evaluate your worth, purpose, maturity, and vulnerability as a leader. The more you practice patience, the more you are composed, compassionate, resourceful and mindful as a true leader should be.
5. Ability to keep a goal ahead and strive to achieve it
It is very easy to achieve some certain short-term goals and forget about setting a long-term goal. Short-term goals can be gratifying and you might not see the reason to set and achieve long-term goals. The basic truth is that if you spend the majority of your time running after quick and easy results, you can easily lose sight of your primary purpose as a leader. Some opportunities are worth waiting for, some goals take a longer time to achieve. Patience helps you to understand and accomplish those goals that take longer time achieve as most of such are more profitable and more of a better achievement and short term goals.
In my final words, I would say most of us suffer from impatience and do not achieve much. Impatience in leadership is particularly not reasonable because it gets in the way of your ability to succeed and leader well. Impatience affects and makes us unable to reach certain heights as individuals, talk more or leadership, which makes patience a very critical thing for leaders.