Patience + Persistence Equals What?

A recurring the​me I’m hearing from the leaders and clients I work with is simply that they are tired.

​Worn out.
​And rightfully so.

​​A global pandemic, economic crisis, and heightened racial tension are more than we’ve ever faced before. Nevermind facing them all at once!

We are dealing with a condition called crisis fatigue. In a recent article by Brad Russell in Psychology Today, he notes that scientists have identified crisis fatigue as a “human response to unrelenting stress that can cause a person to feel physically numb or tired.” At least it has a name.

We do not have any prior experiences for our coping and resiliency skills to summon with memory recall, so we are essentially navigating through uncharted waters.

Something I talk with coaching clients about frequently is that transforming a team culture or leading a healthy organization, especially in this season, is patient and persistent work.

The difficult things you’re leading through require patience and persistence. And it’s not enough to simply have one.  You truly need both.

Patience is accepting that growth takes time.
​Persistence is the determination to stick with it even if it’s difficult.

​​If you lead with patience and leave persistence out of the equation, you never make any forward progress. Persistence without patience leads to steamrolling those you lead and burning them out.

But together, they yield an invaluable result.

Patience +  Persistence = Perseverance
Perseverance matters to us as faith leaders because of a truth we see in Romans 5:3-5 which says:

No only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because Gods’ love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

The end result of perseverance–the outcome of leading through difficult times with patience and persistence–is hope. Put another way, it’s vision for the future. 

In my book The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, one of the key characteristics extraordinary leaders embody is strength: the dimension of visionary leadership. The introduction states, “Visionary leadership means keeping hope in front of yourself and those you lead. It’s recognizing that your job as a leader is chief vision caster every day.” You get to bridge the gap for them between reality and possibility.

In the slurry of complexity you’re currently navigating, take heart. With patience and persistence, you’ll develop character that yields hope.

​​It’s the perfect tool to combat crisis fatigue.


Keep leading well!
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.

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