The Coates Perspective for January 31, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
A Good Leader Is Patient With The Process
Hurry up and wait. We sense the tension inside our mind. We are eager. We are expectant. And often, we are impatient if our circumstances are not moving along at our set pace. Many impatient leaders grow weary of the process and make a rash decision, and often fail.
One of the great characteristics of a Quality Leader is the ability to trust the process. We live in such a quick fix society where patience and perseverance are dirty words for many leaders.
Anyone who has spent any time cooking in the kitchen knows the difference between “fast food” and “crockpot food.” You might be able to prepare a quick meal that will fill your stomach but leave your taste buds unsatisfied. In contrast, a meal that has time to simmer and marinate the flavors into one delicious dish is well worth the wait. Great cooking requires time, and time requires that we must commit to the process.
This is the way good leadership works. Like preparing a delicious meal, preparation time must be accounted for if we are to be ready for the next growth opportunity that comes our way. We must be committed to do the “little things,” the daily disciplines of preparation.
It was Benjamin Disraeli who shared, “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” For the Quality Leader, the question is not if a defining moment comes his or her way, but when. And when the defining moment comes, the leader who commits to do the daily duties of preparation will be prepared to lead.
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to experience steady growth by being patient with the process. How is it done? What does a Quality Leader have to do in order to experience growth, day-by-day and mature as a leader? Here are a few suggestions:
1. You need to create a personal growth plan. Chart out a reasonable list of goals you have for your personal growth. Your goals need to be reasonable and they need to be measurable.
2. Be patient with the process and, just as important, be patient with yourself.
3. Refuse to take growth shortcuts. Do the necessary work on the front end.
If you need help working through the process consider using the resources at Coates and Associates, Inc. We would consider it an honor to visit with you about developing a process forward.