You’ve probably heard the phrase “consistent action leads to consistent results,” which makes logical sense.
The more important, and perhaps unspoken, truth in this statement is that the quality of our results depends not on merely doing something, but on taking intentional action that fits our end goal.
In other words, you get out of something what you put into it.
Consistency, or lack thereof, can be the defining factor between failure or success.
If you have children (or know anyone who does) you’re probably aware of the importance of consistency. Children learn how to behave through reinforcement and punishment and also through observation.
To feel secure, children need parents to be consistent with them and are trusted not to send conflicting or confusing messages. Consistency as a parent can be difficult and exhausting, but it is of paramount importance.
The same is true in business. One of the most important things a leader can do is lead by example.
Consistency matters. Why? People often pay as much or more attention to your actions as to what you say.
Read these 5 truths of consistency below to see how you measure up.
1) Consistency builds trust
As a successful leader your word must be trusted. If you say you’re going to do something, you have to do it. If you plan to meet somewhere, you need to be there.
Remember that employees often model the leadership behaviors you demonstrate. If you show up for a meeting late or skip it altogether don’t be surprised when you begin to see these same behaviors in your staff.
Be prepared to follow through on your promises or don’t make them!
2) Consistency = Predictability
Employees perform best when their environments are predictable. Inconsistency leads to uncertainty and stress.
It is important that you behave consistently in all types of situations. If your reactions are unpredictable or if you give conflicting directions employees might be unwilling or even afraid to approach you.
When people know how you’ll respond and what to expect from you it increases engagement and satisfaction, which leads to greater productivity.
3) Consistency creates personal responsibility
Leaders ask for consistency in their employees’ performance and deliverables to meet goals. Employees should be able to expect consistent support from their leaders as well.
To achieve optimal results, leaders should establish regular routines for communicating with their employees to build buy-in, and check in on progress. This ensures there are no last-minute surprises and creates an environment of mutual accountability and respect.
4) Consistency builds your personal brand
Your reputation is your personal brand. Successful leaders know the importance of establishing a track record of performance.
When you follow through on promises people see you as dependable and reliable. Likewise, success in reaching goals depends on remaining committed to a course of action.
5) Consistency takes dedication
Leaders must commit to consistency. It’s easy to tell someone what they want to hear in the moment and hope for the best or to make exceptions to rules.
But when you fail to keep promises (to yourself and others) you can lose ground quickly. If inconsistent behaviors become routine, employees may begin to wonder what’s “real.”
Consistent leaders are conscious of their behavior and take time to reflect on situations.
Seek out feedback and be prepared to practice new behaviors that will create an environment where you and your employees can thrive!
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