Consistency in Your Leadership Really Counts for More Than You Might Think
Do you have what it takes to be a leader in your company? Read on to see what I mean.
Would you believe that many employees would prefer a bad manager who's consistent over an inconsistent manager? I've heard that statement a lot in my years of coaching and training in corporate America. What is interesting is this is the same psychosocial belief of women who stay with abusive men: at least consistently bad is better than unknowing or inconsistent.
Now, I'm not saying that you should be a bad leader. That's not the takeaway here I am saying that you should consistently apply great leadership skills.
Why is consistency so important? Because people like predictability. They like knowing the rules of the game, especially a leader's rules of the game.
Imagine a manager who greets everyone with a cheerful Hello on Monday morning and then marches in on Tuesday morning, head down, growling that she needs coffee. How should employees approach her the next day? Or the next week? Who knows?
Your consistency will improve how people interact with you on many levels. Knowing what characteristics you portray when you show up is important to your success
I am sharing my picks of the 12 Characteristics of Leadership Critical of Business Success.
Recently, Dick, a person I have loved and respected, died. I knew this man on a personal level, as a father, friend, husband, and grandfather. He was a great man At his memorial, many that worked with him also shared how great he was there. Here is what I realized. Dick chose to lead not just at work but in life. He chose to possess characteristics and traits of leadership. He was:
2. Mentored and was a role model
3. Didn't take himself too seriously
4. Chose to see the best in every person
5. Saw the potential in others
6. Practiced giving without ever expecting
7. Had high standards
8. Challenged you to be your best
9. Came from a place of adventure
10. Always came from love
11. Knew solutions were possible
12. Made family first.
So what's the point? As a small business owner these characteristics are critical for your success. People in his life wanted to follow him. And you need others to want to follow you: your family, your community, your customers. So:
Make a choice and understand that leadership is key
Pick one of these amazing characteristics above and incorporate it into your life 100% of the time
and I guarantee you will:
A. Get better results
B. Increase loyalty from others
C. Enjoy life more
D. Truly be successful
E. Always have what you need.
I highly recommend Leadership 101 by John Maxwell to explore leadership and how important it is to you as an entrepreneur. What will you do to choose to lead?
Prepare for a much greater success in your own leadership abilities