Lead with Patience

Praise in Public, Admonish in Private

When problems arise at work, we may be tempted to lose our temper or rattle off criticism. As Christian business leaders, however, we are called to be patient. What does it look like to correct employees with patience? In his book, Love Works, Joel Manby tells his personal story of disappointment and frustration with business that only focused on the bottom line. He teaches a 1 Corinthians 13 model for love will transform a business just like it does our personal relationships. Listen as Joel talks about how to be a patient leader.

A patient boss doesn't necessarily ignore poor performance or shy away from addressing mistakes. Instead, when problems arise a patient boss knows how to give a balanced response of praise and correction.  

Does “praise in public, admonish in private” describe the culture of your organization? Does it describe how you lead your organization? If so, how? If not, why not?
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In your own context, what would it look like to build up an employee as you correct poor performance? Have you seen success by showing this kind of patience? If so, how?
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Joel encourages leaders to use praise three times more often than admonishment. How can you use this principle to maximize praise in your context? How will you ensure your praise is sincere and meaningful?
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When we become patient leaders who praise in public and admonish in private, our employees will feel encouraged instead of shamed when we offer criticism. Strive to personify patience as you correct with gentleness and encourage with sincerity.

You can find more insights and teaching from Joel Manby in the course Love Works.