As often said and discussed in the blog there is a lot of literature about what are characteristics and skills that a professional must have to succeed. Leaving aside those technical expertises which are specific for each role, there are some common desirables for all jobs. For example many refer to emotional intelligence, communication skills, dynamism or being a good team worker. A part from those, there is something not often mentioned and consequently underestimated.
What am I talking about? patience. Assumption: patience is not against ambition; on the contrary patience is complementary. Your will to grow in an organization or in a specific field, it clearly shows ambition; for example you want to demonstrate and ask to your boss which are next steps for your career and that you are ready to embrace new challenges. It is exactly here that patience intervenes with its strength: being able to wait improves your chances of being successful.
Obviously waiting 6 months more to get what you think it is a deserved promotion, it is frustrating and painful; but, isn’t it more frustrating to get a role before being really ready to take that responsibility ? Then, it is great to let your manager know that you were expecting something; it shows, as said will to do. But also on this being patient , collecting data of your performance and avoiding instinctive reaction is right plan. Patience is real skill.