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Perception IS Reality

By Ryan Sauers

About Ryan

Ryan T. Sauers is president of Sauers Consulting Strategies and spent nearly 20 years leading printing and promotional product companies prior to founding the firm. The organization consults with printing and promotional product related companies across the country, helping them grow the front end of their organization. Sauers is working on his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and is the author of the top-selling book “Everyone Is in Sales”, with another book in the works.  He is a Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator and DiSC Practitioner and Certified Marketing Executive. Ryan writes national feature articles and speaks at national conferences on such topics as sales, marketing, communications, leadership, organizational strategy and social media. He is also an adjunct university professor. More info at ryansauers.com.
 

Great Leaders Are Consistent

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The word leadership gets brought up in many discussions. It is the way in which we grow, modify and change our organizational or individual strategy. One characteristic I see many strong leaders sharing is their consistency in behavior. 

As a solid leader, your actions (what you say, what you do, where you spend your time, what you deem important, the decisions you make, etc.) are being observed and analyzed by others and, thus, demand consistency. This way, the people under you will not be confused, surprised or caught off guard. And, remember it is not the person’s title that makes a leader. Anyone within an organization can be a leader.

So, here is a word picture to consider. Try to think of consistency as being the steady and methodical pace of a marathon runner and inconsistency as the erratic (speed up/slow down) pace of a short distance runner. Consistency of leadership as a CEO, CMO or Sales Executive is applicable to all. Here are five consistent leader themes to remember:

  1. Consistent leaders are honest. They do not have to remember what “partial truth” they might have told. The complete truth is so much easier to remember; and you know where you stand with such leaders.
  2. Consistent leaders are loyal to their employers and/or employees. This means these individuals look at the big picture and do not simply react in an emotional manner to one event. They look at the entire situation and refrain from making “knee-jerk” reactions.
  3. Consistent leaders are well-rounded in all aspects of their lives. They know who they are and what is truly important. They strive to do what is right (whether people are watching or not)…and to be authentic each day.
  4. Consistent leaders set growth-oriented goals and then track their progress to ensure they are growing in all areas (mental, physical, social and spiritual) of life. It is the consistent journey, not the end destination, that matters to such leaders.
  5. Consistent leaders are committed to operating with integrity. They do not change their behavior or “moral compass” depending on who they are talking to. They know character is in the “trying” to be more consistent and that it is a process.

In short, leadership is all about consistency. I hope these examples (no matter what your role in the organization is) prove helpful to you. Have a great week.
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