—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)
I once had a boss who considered himself the quintessential leader. Unfortunately, his concept of leadership was barking orders, firing employees, and chronically looking at his watch as if his time was always being wasted. What he saw as leadership, others saw as personality flaws.
Isaac Newton was a famed mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author. With a list of accomplishments that long, it might seem as though he had little time to focus on any one matter. But a high level of patience was critically essential for his greatest achievements. He understood, as his quote illustrates, that constant, focused action must be accompanied by an almost spiritual patience.