Patience and Perseverance

Courtesy of Mary Jo Asmus in Two Things to Remember as You Change the World, I’m adding to my list (Activism: Where do we go from here?) patience and perseverance:

Patience is the ability to stay calm when things aren’t going the way you wish. For fast paced, high achieving leaders, this often means you need to understand that not everyone and everything moves at your velocity. You also might want to reflect on the changes you need to make in order to speed things up. A sense of urgency is not a bad thing when major changes need to happen, but it needs to be communicated calmly. Repeated communication of deadlines is one of the simplest things to do. Yet I speak with leaders all the time who are frustrated that their staff haven’t completed things by that secret deadline that only the leader knows about. 

Perseverance is the act of persisting despite forces that keep you from achieving your goal. The quote ‘Everything looks like a failure in the middle’ (Rosabeth Moss Kanter) is often true. When you are in the midst of transition, things get messy. The work sometimes becomes overly complicated and bogged down. Your ability to persevere, to be that shining light who leads others through the swamp may be the only thing that will make the goal possible. Believing – and communicating that you believe in the vision or goal – may be the key to  getting your team (and yourself) through to the end.”

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