Leave it to legendary author, Stephen King, to relay one of the most concrete ways for staying on point: consistency. What’s his method, exactly? He sits down and writes every day, with a target of 1,000 words by day’s end. Not once a week, or a couple hours a weekend...every day. And with around 49 novels published and over 350 million copies sold, I’d say his measures are working quite nicely. He’s arguably the leading author in his genre, and when that day comes to sew up his last novel and retire in style, I’d say he’ll still have the urge to write every day, regardless of whether it’s just for fun.
It all goes back to consistency (and maybe a highly creative mind) as to why he stays on the rails. It's choosing the full measure, rather than settle for half. It’s why he’s a leading author. And if his talents can be measured from that, then why can’t your leadership skills in the workplace be defined through consistency, too? Which traits best embody your leadership to both your employees and business as a whole?
Or maybe you’re unsure? If that’s the case, whether it’s because of certain methods being uneven at times, or they’ve yet to really hit their stride, consider a few of the following ways below to get your skills back on track.
Maintain Your Own Company Culture
Developing a solid company culture requires that you keep up with the little things that impact the bigger picture. Little things like quick reminders of how supportive you are with employees can go a long way. And when they do their due diligence for the company, how do you and other managers offer up praise? Handwritten notes? A phone call? Do you stop by their cubicle or office and offer up a quick congratulations? Maybe it’s something entirely different.
However it’s delivered, stick with it. If a “job well done” evolves from brief phone calls to stopping by their office, or vice versa, it’s still the consistent act of positive reinforcement that is molding the company culture down a path everyone can latch onto.
Training As An Evolution, Not Just An Introduction
As many experts point out: “It takes around 10,000 hours to completely master something”. We know that not every employee is going to automatically assume they know everything about their role as soon as they’re hired. It's a major transition period. And as company products change or marketing angles change or the business perspective evolves ever so slightly, being consistent with how you approach each transition with a proper e-learning training regimen is key.
To be sure, introductory training packages for new hires are important, but maintaining constant training regimens beyond that demonstrates your commitment to fostering employee performance improvement every step of the way.
Pick a Scheduling Mannerism and Stay True
Great leadership skills require great resolve with how you schedule. Are you the sort that likes to use individual platforms for your email, calendar, and/or social profiles? Maybe you’re in the opposite camp and like an “all-in-one” tool to manage everything from one screen? Whichever side becomes more second-nature than hair-pulling frustration, go with it.
Same rings true for your scheduling block. I mentioned just last week about how every night at 10pm I’ll plan out the next day. It’s a sense of permanence with my scheduling block that keeps me focused through and through. Some might thrive by having their planner front and center at all times. Others might swear by spending the first 30 minutes of their day sorting through everything. However it’s put into law, stay with it.
In the end, while there are definitely other examples out there, this sample size helps feed the mantra: A highly productive and inviting company culture is at it’s greatest when it’s consistent to core values that nearly every employee can stand behind.
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