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Leading With Consistency
Do you understand the principles of leadership worth following?
Julie Bauke tells us that leaders with a "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality are doomed for failure. To deliver leadership worth following, Julie says, you must be intentional about how your advice and direction to your followers align with how you yourself are behaving.
Have you ever caught yourself telling your team one thing and doing another? How did that affect your team’s performance? Please tell us in the comments below.
Effective leaders need to realize that everything they do and say is being watched. The people who report to you notice inconsistencies -- times when you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.
It’s critical to be specific and intentional about how your advice and counsel to your team really line up with how you yourself behave, because if you take on a team management philosophy of “do as I say, not as I do,” you’re sunk.
It can be as simple as if you say, “We want an open communication policy here,” and then are always behind the closed door.
When you do make that mistake, one of the best things you can do to with your organization is admit it and just say, “I’m going to work really hard to make sure that I’m holding myself to the same standards as you, and you have my permission, if I don’t, to point it out to me.” Then when someone points it out to you, don’t jump on them. Say thank you and admit that you’ll keep trying.
When we’re in leadership positions, no one expects you to be perfect. Sometimes we get these big titles, and we think we need to act like we’re perfect. Your team is watching you, and they know you’re not, so you’re just setting yourself up for a failure.
Julie Bauke is The Chief Career Happiness Officer of The Bauke Group. She is as serious about your Career Happiness as she is her own — and she is deadly serious about hers.
She started The Bauke Group after a lifetime of bel...
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