Slowing things down, understanding yourself and practising mindfulness all contribute to becoming a more patient leader
by Bethan Rees
As the adage goes, patience is a virtue, and it can be an effective value in leadership. David Sluss, associate professor of organisational behaviour at Scheller College of Business, says in a Harvard Business Review article: "Leading effectively – especially during a crisis – takes patience. If you can’t retain your composure in the face of frustration or adversity, you won’t be able to keep others calm. When your direct reports show signs of strain, you need to support them, not get irritated."
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