As leaders we often make hasty decisions without the necessary data to make an informed decision. Yes, life and death decisions must be made rapidly with only the information available, but most other decisions result in better outcomes if we let the situation develop in order to gather more facts before acting. As a junior military leader I often heard seasoned soldiers use the phrase "Tactical Patience" to emphasize the importance of not making a quick decision based on your first impulse. During a tactical operation or a business activity an action always results in a reaction. If you react to an activity and then act again without allowing enough time to allow your first action to carry out its intended purpose, you are likely going to make the situation worse. All actions have a specific meaning and the ability to display patience to truly understand the meaning of an action is critical in any environment. Tactical patience is based on the situation and may only require a few seconds or if time is available require hours to make a decision. With any decision the more information you gather, analyze and apply your knowledge too always leads to a better outcome. In a tactical environment, tactical patience is often seen when reacting to enemy contact when leaders hastily maneuver forces in order to flank the enemy when they do not know the enemy's actual strength or disposition. If the tactical leader waits 30 to 45 more seconds he may receive a report from the unit in contact describing how the enemy is arrayed that allows the leader to assess if he should maneuver against the enemy, break contact, or establish a base of fire to allow additional forces to maneuver against the enemy. In a corporate setting, tactical patience could translate in to not rapidly responding to an email when you do not have all the facts. Most corporate emails or other issues often resolve themselves if you let the situation develop and allow others to provide their input. No matter what environment you operate within all leaders must take a step back, use "tactical patience" to allow the time to gather critical information to make the best possible decision.