“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.