Sep 25 '19

Five ways leaders can practice more patience

In my September article, How to make yourself a better leader and contributor in three steps, I presented a case study of a senior scientist from a major pharmaceutical company who, despite his brilliance in his field, was hard to work with, according to peers. The article provides three in-depth steps: acceptance, focus, and action how to overcome his limitations in interpersonal interactions. The moral of the story here is that it isn’t easy for successful, experienced people to realize they aren’t optimizing talent, but it is not impossible to change and improve.

Similarly, this Forbes article published in 2013 by a leadership strategy contributor offers five ways that leaders can practice more patience and ultimately create a more efficient and pleasant workplace. Though an older article, all of the tips and ideas laid out remain true. This includes the notion that one should always try to see through the lens of others.

Author Glenn Llopis writes: It’s always easy to quickly judge and share your opinion about how others manage certain circumstances. As a leader, you must be objective enough to step back and remove yourself from personal opinions and begin to see the situation at hand through the other person’s lens.

Try to see the bigger picture and help your employees connect the towards toward eventual solutions, and build self-trust along the way.

Read the full article.