Cindy Saunders | Leaders Rise
Improve your leadership capability by showing up - same bat time; same bat channel.
Updated: Apr 13, 2021
In a work environment that is in a constant state of change, predictable leaders are a gift. A leader that you can rely on to show up as steady and consistent means everyone else can focus on the task at hand.
Instead of wondering if the leader will show up for the day frustrated, angry, or preoccupied, knowing that the leader is consistently prepared to lead in a positive, and focused manner creates an environment where people can do their best work.
Consistency goes hand in hand with confidence and consideration. All three of these leadership traits are fundamental to your leadership growth:
Being confident, considerate, and consistent are not static. They change all the time.
✓ Being confident wanes from time to time when life throws the inevitable curveballs.
✓ Being kind and considerate of others can be a challenge when you’re overly stressed or worried.
✓ Consistency is jeopardized when life is overwhelming or underwhelming. That’s why great leaders are always working on these areas of their lives.
Here are some practical ways to grow your leadership in the areas of confidence, consideration, and consistency.
Confidence - Pay attention to what gets you down.
We all have triggers that affect our confidence. It’s possible to be highly confident in one area of life and completely wrecked in another. Pay attention to what gets you down at certain points in life. Your confidence might need to be bolstered here and there, even when you’re leading.
Life’s circumstances can trigger areas where you don’t feel strong. Seek to find solutions when you feel your confidence weakening and you’ll be able to overcome your insecurities and become a more effective leader in the process.
Consideration - Pay attention when you feel foul.
When life’s firing on all cylinders it’s easy to be kind and considerate. People respect leaders who are fair and decent. They resist leaders who are harsh, unrealistic, and mean. Your off-duty life could be affecting your on-duty leadership.
If you’re going through a tough time, it’s a great time to stretch and grow and learn new stress management techniques or how to overcome overwhelm.
Whether you are leading your family, a community project, or a team at work, being considerate is a primary character trait of successful leadership.
Consistency - Pay attention when you are erratic.
One of the key characteristics of great leadership is dependability and consistency... how you show up is the same today, tomorrow, and down the line. (same bat time, same bat channel)
The surest way to breach trust with others is to be erratic. When it comes to leadership, consistency is key. If you find that you are going through a season where you’re dropping the ball or you are acting in unpredictable ways, it’s a great time to grow as a leader and learn how to manage yourself, and get back on track.
Leadership is not a destination, it’s a journey. Being an effective leader includes a commitment to grow. The issues you face today, won’t be the same tomorrow. The people you lead on and off duty will challenge you to develop new skills.
Staying focused on your confidence, consideration, and consistency will help you develop and maintain high-quality leadership skills.
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