The best leaders I know have learned to be extremely patient, almost to a fault. Why? They understand clearly the negative impact of impatience.
Here are some of the downstream effects of impatience:
- Important decisions get made without critical data.
- Actions are taken based in fear rather than thoughtfulness.
- Relationships suffer (tangibly and intangibly).
- The "authority" card gets played way too often, resulting in disempowerment.
None of those are good things for healthy organizations. Given all those downsides, the best leaders I know move with extreme deliberateness.
The costs of impatience are (in the words of my grandson) GINORMOUS, sometimes even unrecoverable.