The phrase is often used, but rarely does it characterize the path chosen by most. We tend to lean towards a little faster pace. We prefer to take a plan and get the ball rolling right away.
Experience has demonstrated the consequences of making decisions rashly and implementing plans quickly without thinking through the details.
Leaders encounter many dimensions that concern the future of any organization and they must make decisions that often alter direction.
A slow and steady approach to decision-making and implementation is beneficial for at least three reasons: 1) leaders have time to think through angles impacting the development of the project, 2) the consequences of decisions can be considered before enacting the plan (the idea of asking for forgiveness being easier than permission will not work here), and 3) generally speaking, a thorough approach legitimizes the direction, making buy-in from others more forthcoming.
Effort to take a more slow and steady approach on the part of leadership develops stronger credibility as it is connected to the demands of leaders.