Leadership and consistency go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. And you can’t be a leading at your potential if you aren’t consistent. If you are a developing leader, building that “consistency” muscle will go a long way in your career.
And here are a few concrete reasons (adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadershift) why consistency matters in leadership:
- For your reputation: It’s easy to be “good” once or twice but doing that often is difficult. That’s said the latter is what builds a leaders reputation. Nobody trusts “one-hit wonders.”
- For making your team members more secure: A reliant and trustworthy leader is one who’s always there to support and inspire her team. It’s reassuring for the team and makes them want to depend on the leader. Possibly, the highest compliment any leader can hope to receive.
- For accurately measuring your growth: It’s hard to track progress of leaders who are inconsistent. The best leaders are exceptional with micro-commitments (keeping their promises and doing what they say they would do), which snowballs overtime.
- For making you relevant: A consistent leader doesn’t ever have to play “catch-up.” They’ve got their priorities sorted and stay engaged, on course (often ahead) and focused so they never fall behind.
- For modelling your expectations for others: A leader who’s values-driven and has a high degree of work-ethic has an easier time communicating and reforming expectations with the team members. Why? Because they see it action everyday!
- For upholding your vision: It’s easy to confuse everyone around you if your audio (vision) doesn’t align with the video (your actions). Being consistent means, the audio and video stays in alignment while your message (vision) gets communicated to your team.
These might not sound like the ingredients for a “high-performing leader,” as it’s part of the solid foundation such a leader stands on. They’re the basics that matter and should not ever be ignored.
Would you be perfectly consistent all the time? Absolutely not! The idea is to make it part of your practice as a leader. You’ve got the rest of your life to improve, evolve, and inspire others to do the same.