Episode 111: Leadership Speed—How to Accelerate Successful Execution

The 90th Percentile: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: May 31, 2023


If you have ever been lost while driving in a car, your natural reaction is to slow down. When we are uncertain about which direction to head, our natural response is to slow down, look at a map, ask questions, and proceed cautiously forward. We have measured resilience and confidence for several years and noticed a significant decline since the pandemic. The combination of uncertainty and lack of control has increased anxiety and stress. Is slowing down a problem? In this episode, we’re looking at how increasing our resilience will help pick up the steady pace we may have lost as we navigated through the many challenges over the past few years.


Key Learnings

  • In a leadership resiliency study, we examined data from over 110,000 leaders. We measured their resilience with an eight-item index along with an evaluation of their speed. This study revealed that as a leader’s resilience lowers, so does their speed.

  • Organizations can only move as fast as their employees, and even more important is the pace of a leader. Leaders who resist a brisk pace can be a major source of a company’s problems and failure.

  • Are you willing to try something new even if it might fail? You can let perfect be the enemy of good. If you’re going to experiment, be flexible.

  • Clear vision and direction make it easier to act with speed and avoid costly detours.

  • Moving fast gives others confidence that they can move quickly and deliver results.

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Feeling Sluggish at Work? 8 Ways to Improve Your Resilience by Increasing Your Speed— Article by Joe Folkman