Being a Fast-Paced, Great Leader:

Is there a correlation between speed and perceived leadership effectiveness? In a word, yes! Studies have shown that colleagues perceive their leaders as being extremely effective when they also view the leader as being fast-paced. Studies also found that top leaders who were judged particularly fast but not exceptionally effective were still judged to be highly effective. What makes a leader both fast and good? Based on 360-degree feedback, five factors set fast/effective leaders apart from leaders who are slow or who move quickly but stumble:

People who work with them trust their ability to use good judgement and make effetive decisions. Without trust, colleagues resist moving fast.
They make their vision and strategy absolutely clear and to their colleagues. When people can see the context for action, they can more quickly understand and carry out their part in an enterprise.
They demonstrate personal courage. Acting with speed often feels risky. The person looking to avoid added personal exposure will be inclined to move slowly.
They assemble world-class expertise and knowledge. When leaders lack expertise they have to stop and do their homework.
They set stretch goals. Easy goals allow people time to reach them in a leisurely way. Stretch goals reinforce the need for speed.
It’s interesting how often our pace affects our attitude. Let’s face it—slow is boring. Certainly, speed is no substitute for judgment. But if your energy is lagging, maybe it’s time to up the pace…

Article contributed by Jack Zenger & Joseph Folkman