Consistent behavior is the hallmark of a great leader. Consistency is important in our daily actions and reactions, whether they be of a personal or professional nature. As leaders, it’s important to manage all aspects of our behavior.
Consistency begins with an alignment of our beliefs, thoughts, words and actions. When those aspects are integrated, it’s much easier for us to be consistent in our behavior. When we live from our values and constantly pull from our inner reserve of resolve, courage, and integrity, it’s easy for us to manifest our actions in a clear and consistent manner. As a leader, even when dealing with the most difficult of challenges, it’s important to maintain consistent behavior – not only for our own equanimity, but more importantly, for the benefit of others. This can not only simplify our life, but also it can decrease our stress level.
Our effectiveness as a leader is directly tied to the level of trust we cultivate with others. When we exhibit consistent behaviors, actions, and words, we create a safe environment. We become predictable, not boring, but predictable. A feeling of safety or security is one of the highest of human needs, and anything we can do as leaders to create that type of environment will be welcomed.
In what ways do you demonstrate consistent behavior? Are there any areas where you might exercise more consistency, not only to strengthen your resolve as a leader, but also to provide a safe environment in which others can thrive? You might take this opportunity to ask close colleagues or family members for input about their observations. Even a small improvement in this particular quality of leadership can dramatically change and improve your interactions with others.
“You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you everywhere if only out of curiosity.” — Colin Powell
Tara Kachaturoff is the creator, producer and host of Michigan Entrepreneur TV, a weekly television talk show featuring business leaders and businesses from start-up to stellar. With over 15 years of experience in corporate finance in the tech sector, she now coaches executives, business professionals, and entrepreneurs on leadership, management, productivity, and marketing issues. Tara is also the author of 21 Qualities of a Leader from which this article is excerpted.