The Ignored Soft Skill That Can Destroy Your Life & Career as a Leader – Dr. Joybert Javnyuy

The Ignored Soft Skill That Can Destroy Your Life & Career as a Leader.

In my entrepreneurial and professional journey, I have the privilege to lead and serve in different leadership capacities. I have learned a thing or two from my practical experience. 

In leadership, especially entrepreneurial leadership, patience is not just a virtue; it is a strategic advantage.


Oftentimes, in entrepreneurship, speed is an advantage however, hasty decisions often miss crucial details, while measured responses benefit from deeper insight. 

Here is my belief, leaders who pause before responding demonstrate control not only over their decisions but also over their emotions. This restraint can be transformative, both personally and professionally.

Imagine you’re confronted with a tough decision or a critical comment. The instinct might be to react immediately, but there’s immense power in pausing. 

It tells your team or clients that you value thoughtful decisions over quick fixes. 

This practice of pausing allows you to gather more information, consult more broadly, and consider the implications of your actions more fully. 

It’s about crafting responses that are not only correct but also considerate and constructive.

I always say, “There is nothing wrong telling someone to give you time to think about something.” 

Personally as a Kingdom person, I believe and rely strongly on the leadership of the Holy Spirit in decision making. My team will always often hear me say, “Give me time to pray about it.” 

You see, pausing to think, meditate or pray provides a moment of reflection that is essential in today’s fast-paced world. 

It allows leaders like us to align their actions with their values and the larger goals of their organization. It shows that they are not swayed by the heat of the moment but guided by a consistent ethical compass.

This does more than improve decision-making; it enhances your relationships. 

How does this enhance relationships? You may be asking. 

You see, when people see a leader who reflects before reacting, they see someone who respects and considers the perspectives of others. This builds trust and respect, foundational elements of successful teams.

Embracing a slower response time might seem counterintuitive in a world that values speed. 

However, for those in leadership, it is a clear path to more thoughtful, ethical, and effective leadership. 

It is a simple strategy with profound impacts on your leadership journey and beyond.

Do you agree with me?


Dr. Joybert Javnyuy 

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