As humans, there’s one thing that we all struggle with: consistency. You might do the right thing one day and go in a completely different direction the next day.
Sometimes, especially as leaders, we get frustrated and ask ourselves:
- Why wasn’t I more consistent in having one-on-one conversations with my people this week?
- Why didn’t I put more energy into checking on certain things this quarter?
- Why did I allow other issues and demands to distract me?
I have two things to share with you about the topic of consistency. First, give yourself a break. As I said at the beginning, we are all human. We all mess up. We all fall down. What you did in the past doesn’t define what you will do in the future. You define that.
Second, if you want to be more consistent in how you lead yourself and others, choose to embrace these 5 Cs:
- Clear on Your Values
Know what you truly value, and write those things down. Use those as a point of reflection every day when moving forward on activities to make sure that you’re living out in alignment with your values.
- Commit to Behaviors
Identify weekly or daily behaviors that align with those values. Write down these activities as well – be specific.
- Create a Plan.
No one knows where you struggle or what might cause you to fall down better than you. So, write down a plan of how you’re going to work to live out the behaviors that align with your values.
- Conspire with Someone Else.
Find a partner, somebody you can work with or check-in with who can help hold you accountable to being more consistent toward things you want to do.
- Celebrate Your Successes.
Take time to hit pause and celebrate that you’re aligning to your values and being consistent in your behavior.
This week’s tool and video are intended to help you to better understand and embrace the 5 Cs. Watch the video, print out the tool, and begin to act in alignment with the ideas.
Patrick Leddin, PhD is a speaker, global leadership consultant, and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University with a thriving leadership blog and podcast, and 25-years of leadership experience. He offers an unparalleled mix of academic rigor and real-world experience.