Consistency in Leadership

“As soon as a leader has earned the trust of his team, there are no limits on what they can accomplish together.”      

Chris Ruisi

Are you a consistent leader? Are your behaviors consistent at any given time of any day? As a principal, I often reflect on my behaviors making decisions and how I interact with members of the team. When interacting with others, do they ever wonder what they might expect from me? Do they have to guess if I will be in a good mood? Do I always say no when asked to do something or provide resources? All these questions are important for anyone wanting to be a successful or effective leader!

As a conscious leader, I always strive to make sure my behavior is consistent. By following the golden rule, treating others the way I want to be treated, I am motivated to treat others with respect and kindness. Having and presenting a positive attitude and taking care of my team is the backbone of building trust. If members of any team trust each other, barriers preventing them from working together are minimized. Team members notice when you don’t speak to them or have different moods any given day. Even though I am generally a happy person, I try not to let my personal emotions get in the way of presenting a position attitude which in turn affects my ability to lead.

I’ve had both consistent and inconsistent bosses through the years. One leader, Dr. Keith Everson, who is now the Executive Director of Northeast Georgia RESA, was very consistent when interacting with me as a school administrator. He always presented himself as a positive or jovial person who listened intently and provided support. When I needed help, I didn’t mind going to see him or giving him a call because I didn’t have to worry about what mood he might be in at the time. Dr. Everson was a consistent positive person and supportive leader. I am sure he is the same today! I learned a lot from him and appreciated his leadership. Do you recall working with effective leader/s who exhibited consistent behaviors?

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Are you a leader constantly saying no? I believe effective leaders have to say yes on occasion or take the risk of team members who might quit asking. My philosophy is simple. If I am asked to provide a resource or give permission for something, I ask myself if it will contradict the mission/vision/direction of the organization or do we have the resources requested available. If the question doesn’t contradict our direction or we have the ability to provide it, I say yes? I want the team to think outside the box and have a creative spirit. If I constantly said no, I would squash what I am trying to create. I also give credit to others and want no recognition for the work of others. When leaders have an ego or have political ambitions, they both usually get in the way of saying YES.

As you work to improve your leadership skills, reflection is important in the improvement process. Blogging helps me reflect! It also helps to have a trusted colleague or mentor provide feedback. Both feedback and reflection will help you become a successful leader.

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