The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on people around the world, generating incredible statistics that change daily.
According to this recent article, we are currently experiencing more than three million cases worldwide with over one million cases in the United States alone—and increasing daily.
Consider this statistic:
Eight states have posted fewer than 50 deaths, a small figure even when their populations are taken into account. Among the most prevalent theories for why these counts are low and will remain so is the population density per square mile.
The article’s author makes this point:
The “built-in” social distancing in most of these states may be the single largest barrier to the spread of COVID-19.
As we know well, social distancing takes self-discipline and patience.
Developing and demonstrating patience is a valuable leadership trait to possess.
Patience is important for leaders when introducing a new strategy. Sometimes it takes time to prove it’s the correct strategy. When it does, the reward is extremely satisfying.
Patience is also important when developing people. Some take longer to develop than others. When they do, it’s often well worth the wait.
Patience is important when dealing with difficult situations. We just want “it” to go away. When it does, we can then move on.
After several weeks, it’s understandable you may have grown tired of social distancing. But be patient. Evidence tells us it is an effective strategy.
That means forget the protest rallies for now. Forget the family-and-friend gatherings for now. Forget rushing back to venues with large crowds for now. Instead, take this time to plan the future of your business in this new reality.
Now is the time to be patient—and to encourage everyone around you to be patient, too.
As American businessman and humorist Arnold H. Glasow has said, “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”