Being a Leader: How to Develop Leadership Patience

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Leadership Lessons: How to Develop Leadership Patience

Leadership Lessons: How to Develop Leadership Patience

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open,” (Arnold Glasgow, American humorist).

One of the great challenges I face in life is waiting. I am by nature an impatient person. I do things in a hurry. I eat fast, drive fast, and walk fast. I stand impatiently by the microwave waiting one minute and thirty seconds until the food gets hot. No matter how many gigahertz my computer processor is, it is still too slow for me. I almost always drum my fingers and say, “Come on, hurry up!”

I think I need to be in a recovery program, stand, and say, “Hi, my name is Glenn, and I’m impatient.”

5 Quick Things That Test My Leadership Patience:                                         

  • People that have twelve items in the ten items speedy check-out lane!
  • Drivers who stop at the corner, look at you coming, then pull out, and barely accelerate
  • Interstate drivers who decelerate and drift, while talking on their cell phone
  • People who talk, and talk, and talk, but have trouble getting to the point (they fly around but can’t land the plane)
  • People at the toll booth who don’t get out their money until they stop

Yes, I have a problem. But then so do most people, because impatience is an epidemic. Frustration and irritation levels are on the rise. Especially as leaders, patience can be a significant challenge. Leaders must be listeners and directors. Shepherding and guiding others takes a toll. Leaders can easily feel anxious and wish for quicker results. It’s a good thing the Bible has something to say about patience. Below are some Bible verses about patience that are helpful for me to remember.

7 Patience Scriptures:

“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:2, ESV).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law,” (Galatians 5:22-23, ESV).

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains,” (James 5:7, ESV).

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly,” (Proverbs 14:29, ESV).

“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,” (Proverbs 16:32, ESV).

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience,” (Romans 8:25, ESV).

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer,” (Romans 12:12, ESV).





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Glenn C. StewartPastor & Church Coach
Glenn C. Stewart has forty years of experience leading churches, planting a church, and developing leaders. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology and leadership at the Orlando campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and as the chairman of the board of a Christian college and seminary. Along with his degrees in Bible and theology he has a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Glenn has a heart for serving pastors and being a spiritual mentor.


Glenn C. Stewart
Glenn C. StewartChurch & Pastor Coach

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