Are you merely experiencing leadership or are you excelling in it? Understanding the distinction hinges on your approach to professional growth and development. Continuing our focused series distilled from John Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,” this article explores the Law of Consistency, a vital continuation of our journey through the Laws of Awareness and Intentionality.

If you missed our discussions on understanding your core strengths and weaknesses through the Law of Awareness or how to set purposeful, actionable goals under the Law of Intentionality, I encourage you to read them HERE. Remember, exceptional leadership doesn’t just happen—it’s deliberately crafted through ongoing effort and intentional action.   The Law of Consistency is about moving from conscious competence to unconscious competence, turning effective leadership practices into sustainable habits.  It’s transcending what you do as a leader to who you are as a leader.

The Importance of the Law of Consistency

Why does consistency matter so much in leadership? Because it’s the mechanism through which new behaviors become automatic and reliable habits. Consistency transforms fleeting sparks of brilliance into a steady flame of performance. It ensures that the foundational self-awareness and intentional actions we previously discussed don’t just remain good intentions but evolve into lasting achievements.  More importantly, it builds and fortifies trust—both in yourself as a leader and in others’ trust in you.

Connecting Previous Laws to Consistency

The Law of Awareness gives you the map of your strengths and weaknesses, while the Law of Intentionality plots your course. The Law of Consistency is your vehicle—it moves you along the path from where you are to where you want to be. By consistently applying the insights and strategies from your growth plan, you solidify what works and modify what doesn’t, gradually improving your leadership effectiveness.

Practical Steps to Implement Consistency in Leadership

Establishing Your Routine – Consistency starts with establishing a clear, manageable routine. This routine should align with your personal and professional goals, ensuring that each action contributes directly to your larger objectives.

  1. Identify Key Activities: Begin by identifying the activities that have the highest impact on your leadership effectiveness. Prioritize these activities in your daily and weekly schedule.
  2. Set Fixed Times: Allocate specific times for these critical activities. For example, dedicate the first hour of your workday to planning your day and the last hour to review with personal reflection. By setting fixed times, you create a habit loop that enhances your brain’s association between time and activity, reinforcing consistency.

Building Accountability Systems – Accountability is crucial in maintaining consistency. It ensures there is a system in place to check on your progress and keep you motivated.

  1. Use Technology: Leverage technology tools like calendar apps, task managers, and reminder systems to keep you on track. Setting automatic reminders for your most important activities can help reinforce consistency.
  2. Engage a Coach or Mentor: Regular sessions with a leadership coach or mentor can provide external accountability and insights. These professionals can help you assess your progress, address challenges, and refine your strategies.
  3. Peer Groups: Joining or forming peer accountability groups can also be effective. These groups provide a platform to share experiences, challenges, and successes, fostering a supportive environment for consistent growth.

Scaling Small Wins – The journey to consistency is built on the accumulation of small wins. These small successes build your confidence and demonstrate the tangible benefits of your consistent efforts.

  1. Start Small: Begin with small, achievable goals that contribute to your larger objectives. For example, if improving team communication is a goal, start by implementing consistent daily check-ins.
  2. Celebrate Milestones: Recognize and celebrate when you and your team meet these small goals. Celebrating these milestones reinforces positive behavior and motivates continued effort.
  3. Build Gradually: Once small habits are firmly established, gradually add more complex tasks to your routine. This method helps avoid overwhelm and ensures each new habit is sustainable.

Real-World Example: Transforming Leadership Communication

Meet Lisa, a senior executive at a regional bank, who recognized the need for personal consistency to enhance her leadership effectiveness. Determined to improve, Lisa implemented a structured regimen of self-development:

  1. Continuous Learning: Lisa dedicated one hour every week to reading leadership books, focusing on enhancing her emotional intelligence and strategic thinking.
  2. Leadership Coaching: She engaged in fortnightly sessions with a leadership coach, using these meetings to refine her leadership approach based on ongoing feedback and the insights from her readings.
  3. Daily Reflection: Each day, Lisa spent 15 minutes reflecting on her leadership interactions and planning better approaches for the future.

This consistent approach to personal development paid off within a year, as Lisa saw marked improvements in her ability to handle complex challenges, lead her team more effectively, and exceed performance goals. Her commitment not only boosted her own leadership capabilities but also served as a powerful example for her team.

Connecting to the Next Law: The Law of Consistency

Having demonstrated the power of consistency, our next article will explore the Law of Influence, which builds on the solid foundation of consistent behaviors to enhance your ability to lead and influence others effectively.

Conclusion and Call to Action

Consistency is the key to turning potential into performance. By embedding regular practices and habits aligned with your growth goals, you not only improve as a leader but also enjoy greater satisfaction and success in your role. Are you ready to commit to consistency in your leadership journey? If so, click the button below to develop a personalized strategy that transforms your leadership from episodic to exemplary. Let’s ensure your growth is not by chance, but by choice.