In episode 14 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates talks about leadership consistency and why your example and expectations of your team are linked.
Does your team ever get off track? Too much chatter and not enough focus. You expect them to be hard at work chipping away at the mountain of work you have to get through each week. Some moments it seems that isn’t their priority.
What if it’s your leadership, your example, that is falling short of that high bar you have in place for yourself and your team? The consistency of your leadership is the blueprint your team uses to build your company’s success. Your own inconsistencies breed inconsistency in your team and diminish trust.
If you want to get on the same page with your team and lead dependably, you’ll want to watch episode 14 of “Yates in Your Face.”
I couldn’t believe she was mad at ME.
The ‘not so nice’ gesture left nothing to guesswork. Passing me for the fourth time she was irritated. Frankly, so was I. I wanted to punch down the accelerator and leave her far behind but I had done it once and eventually she still caught back up. What was her problem?
I bet you’ve been there. My cruise control was set but she kept passing me, then slowing down so I had to pass her back. I hadn’t changed a thing! I just wanted to cruise along in peace. Pass me or don’t pass me but pay attention to what you’re doing. I’ve never understood how someone can be so inconsistent. Don’t you hate it when you can’t trust other drivers?
I wish there could be cruise control for leadership. Consistency. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just ‘set it’ and forget it?
If you’re not careful, just when people catch up to you, you’re slowing down, paying attention to something else or something new. You’re positive THEY are the ones being herky-jerky. But just maybe, it’s you.
I know life doesn’t play fair. I know it doesn’t provide traffic-jam free passage where everything makes sense. Leadership is like life. It’s unpredictable. It’s volatile. Leadership purports to navigate through uncertainty. To anticipate. To minimize wasted energy or emotion. Stop imagining that other people have the responsibility to meet your expectations, especially if you aren’t even on the same page with yourself.
Consistency is up to you! The burden of clarity is the mantle of leadership. It may not be your only responsibility but it is certainly the most important. Cat and mouse teamwork doesn’t empower momentum or success. Formation flying is only effective when the speed of the captain can be trusted to dictate the speed of the crew. True Leadership crafts dependability, creates confidence and relaxes into a deep trust relationship.
Trust is the key to sustained energy leading to guaranteed success. Get on the same page. Lead with the dependability of Cruise Control.