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Patience is a Virtue


Patience is a Virtue

“He that can have patience, can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

Rick’sTIPS explores the competencies necessary for successful leadership and provides activities to assist with the development and mastery of these skills.

The ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without become annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties is….


The opposite of patience is, of course, impatience. Impatient people usually are high energy people, with not only competitive but sometimes aggressive behavior.

Some people take pride in being impatient!

Be careful not to get caught in the trap of thinking the benefits of impatience are being able to generate results quickly. Impatience can have a negative impact by over managing, over riding, and not developing people. The potential exists that people will shy away from you because you lack tolerance or they will quit making decisions and wait for your direction.

Leaders who lack patience create situations in which they:

  • act too quickly not always thinking things through or making decisions before all the facts are in
  • are intolerant of the slow pace or cumbersome processes of others
  • may be seen as self-centered, do-it-my-way and at-my-speed
  • do not take time to listen or understand others’ points of view
  • think almost everything needs to be faster and shorter
  • disrupt those facilitating meetings with his/her need to finish sooner
  • frequently interrupt and finish other people’s sentences
  • make his/her own process rules; does not wait for others
  • may appear to others as arrogant, uniterested or a know-it-all
  • may be action oriented and resist process and problem complexity
  • may just jump to conclusions rather than thinking things through

In learning how to balance your patience and keep sight of your objectives; consider the following:

  • Simple courtesies – don’t interrupt, finish other people’s sentences or hurry them
  • Non-verbals – watch your body language; washboard brow, body shifting, finger tapping, pencil drumming, etc.
  • Delay gratification – learn how to wait
  • Impatience triggers – discover what it is that brings about your impatience
  • Be open and approachable – suspend judgement or you will not be in the information loop
  • Rein in your horse – be a teacher instead of a dictator; don’t always provide the answers and solutions
  • Be task patient – don’t check up or in too much; agree upon checkpoints and stick to them
  • Be less dependent upon yourself – invite discussion and disagreement
  • Develop your direct reports!
  • Arrogance – don’t devalue the contributions of others; work hard at reading and listening to others

For more details about developing your patience, click here…

What is your Patience Quotient? Take our Quiz here…

I hope you found this edition of Rick’sTIPS:  Patience Is A Virtue. 

I look forward to providing you with information that makes your life more productive.

Until next time…..


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