Consistency: The Second Responsibility of a Leader

 “A double-minded person is unstable in all his ways.” ~  James 1:8

“Consistency is the key to your breakthrough,” Creflo Dollar, Pastor, World Changers Church International, Atlanta, GA, exclaimed with a robust, determined tone.  I remember it like  he said it at coffee this morning.  I was seated in the second row of the Minister’s Conference that year, struggling to build a new church in Grovetown, Georgia.  We had been engaged in many things but had not really found our niche in the community.  I had explored several types of worship up to that point and was led to attend this conference and join this ministry as one of Creflo Dollar spiritual sons.  I had my core team with me for the training and we were excited.  

Fast forward to 2013 and I still hear those words, “Consistency is the key to your breakthrough.”   What does it mean for a leader to be consistent.  Aldous Huxley, once wrote, “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to  life.  The only completely consistent people are the dead.”  Perhaps he was right; consistency is contrary to nature because according to Creflo Dollar you can’t be consistent without exercising self-discipline.  Tony Robbins, a major personal development guru, said, “It’s not what you do once in a while that shapes our lives.  It’s what we do consistently.”  I have concluded that consistency is something that leaders grow more adept at being.  It is vital that leaders develop this trait because consistency is a leadership quality that develops trust among those you serve.

As a little boy I could depend on my parents chagrin and chastisement should I produce inferior work at school or church.  In the military, my infantry squad required a consistent regimen of training in order to become proficient in combat ready skills.  As a pastor, church leaders need to know what to expect from me in terms of behavior, decision-making processes, and operational procedures.  In other words, consistency in a leader’s approach to getting things done is key for the team to know how to assist that leader in the effort.  In the Army, we called it commander’s intent.  When I knew what my commander wanted to accomplish and when he wanted to accomplish it, I could then engage all my creative and problem solving skills to bring that vision into fruition.  A leader needs to ensure that his team knows his intention, his purpose, his modus operandi.  This is the second responsibility of a leader and it must be consistent from one day to the next.  When it changes, it should be because of an intentional, articulated, and necessary change in circumstances/direction.

Leaders who are not consistent, send mixed messages to their team.  That produces conflict and inertia within the organization.  As a leader, the more consistent you are, the better results you will achieve among those who follow your vision.

Published by Earl J. Griffin, Sr.

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. For over 40 years, my tract record as a proven leader has been exemplary both in the United States Army and as a Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Mentor, and Speaker, I use this expertise and experience to help leaders grow to their full potential. Coupled with my John Maxwell Certification is my Master of Science degree in Leadership Development, from Walden University. I am uniquely skilled at helping corporate leaders in the areas of human resources development programs, middle and executive leader development programs, and mentoring practices within the workplace. Both my professional time as an Organizational Development Specialist within the United States Army and my tenure as Senior Pastor within my church help me assist leaders in resolving the ethical dilemmas of leadership and developing the cultural skills necessary to lead in diverse multi-cultural organizations. Let's develop a sustainable relationship that benefits both your organization and that helps you achieve your personal leadership goals.

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