True Leaders Wait
Speed Up Your Leadership by Slowing Down
If you’re in charge of an organization of any sort, one of your goals will likely to be to grow the group. Whether it’s a non-profit, a company, or a club of sorts, you want more people to attend, become clients, and to help you feel success. Leadership, after all, is all about making sure that what you’re doing inspires others.
When you’re trying to grow as fast as possible, it seems counter intuitive to stop and to slow down. You want to speed up! But there’s a very important reason that we need to slow down.
Our Brains Take time to Process
Have you ever been working on a crossword puzzle and you get stumped on a couple of the clues? No matter what you come up with, you simply cannot think of the answer even though you believe that you should know it. In these situations, you can set the puzzle down, and go about your day doing other tasks. During this time, you completely don’t think about the crossword puzzle. Coming back to it, several hours later, you look at the clues that stumped you, and the answer immediately comes to mind. What’s happening here?
A myth was perpetuated many years ago that said we only use 10% of our brains. In reality, we use 100% of our brains. While you are going about your day, the brain remembers that clue, and is scanning every bit of knowledge that you have in order to come up with the answer. It’s all happening behind the scenes. When you go back to the puzzle, everything is prepped and ready for you.
The same concept works when we have important decisions to make. If they’re not immediately necessary, we can put them on hold for 24 hours and let our brains subconsciously perform the work. When we come back to it, the ideas are right there for us.
Emotions Don’t Lead to Logical Choices
The second reason that you want to slow down in your leadership decisions is that we often try to think with our emotions. Emotions, it turns out, don’t often make good decisions.
The last time your spouse upset you… did you snap back or calmly think things through? When your child threw a tantrum and broke something in the house, were you logical and steady when you doled out the punishment? If you look at crime statistics, many of them (especially violent crimes) are crimes of passion that aren’t fully thought through.
If you have to make a decision, especially when the reason for the decision sparks your emotions, write it down, and put it away for 24 hours. Your response a day later, when you’re thinking logically and not emotionally, may be way off base and you will be glad for the opportunity to re-write it.
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