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Patience, Persistence and Perseverance – Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 10

September 29, 2015

Rich's Rules TitlecardThe Triplets of Success – Patience, Persistence and Perseverance

Starting anything new can be a challenge.  This is also true of stepping up to leadership.  Whether you begin as a front line supervisor, or a team manager or are suddenly thrust into a place of senior leadership, there are many challenges you will face on your journey as a leader.

Most of the challenges you face can be listed under two categories – Results and Relationships. Achieving the results expected by your board of directors according to your strategic plan requires keeping people on track over an extended period of time.  And keeping people on track requires an ability to help them learn, achieve and recover from mistakes.  You do this most effectively when you have cultivated healthy relationships.

Managing results and relationships takes patience and persistence.  These have been referred to as the “twins of success.” Your ability to persevere gets you to the finish line of achievement.  So, perhaps these are “the triplets of success.”

Patience, Persistence and Perseverance, is Rich’s Rule of Achievement # 10.

Points of Consideration

Be patient and persistent with people

Sometimes your best people will let you down, and your worst will surprise you.  A superstar may become too big for his/her britches and create problems for your business – sometimes issues that outweigh the benefits of keeping him/her on board.  In other situations ,you will have an employee who plods along for what seems like forever, but then blooms into a very solid, reliable and loyal fixture in your organization. In between are most of your employees who sometimes need a “hand-holding,” pep talk, or help putting things in perspective.  Or they may need praise, approval or recognition for their talent or a job well done. Reading this in a book usually make sense to a leader.  But executing this kind of activity day in and day out can try your patience.   But you must persist.  “I’ve told that employee the same thing ten times,” you say. And you may have to tell them ten more times if, in the big scheme of things, he/she is an important part of your success.

Be patient and persistent with results

Sometimes your year will take off like a rocket in terms of profitability or growth.  And sometimes that rocket can crash and burn half-way through your year. Other times you will get off to a shaky start but things come into focus before the year is up.  Either way, constancy is required.  Constancy can be attained by practicing patience and persistence.  When things are great, don’t fall asleep at the wheel.  Keep driving things in the right direction at the right speed for a timely arrival.  When things are not so great, take a break, refuel, adjust course and then step on the gas when the coast is clear and everyone is “firing on all pistons.”   It’s amazing how lost time or ground can be quickly regained by a highly refocused and re-energized group of people.

Add perseverance to patience and persistence

While you are being patient and persistent, day in and day out, with people and productivity….persevere.  When you feel like screaming, persevere (and don’t scream).  When you feel like giving up – persevere.  When you feel like all is lost – persevere.  You’re the leader.  It’s your job to set the tone and the pace.  You want to lead by example, and perseverance is one of the greatest examples you can set.

More about Rich Drinon’s Leadership Coaching at: Drinon & Associates

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