To many people, the worst kind of leader is not a strict one, or a demanding one, or even a mean one. People can adjust to almost any kind of leadership style, so long as they know what to expect. When a leader’s expectations differ from day to day, though, it becomes difficult for anyone to follow. Further, when a leader treats people differently based on his/her mood, those people not only have difficulty performing their tasks, but in fact lose respect for that leader. As such, more than anything else, a leader needs to be consistent in his/her approach to leading.
Emerson Weighs In
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” There are, indeed, times when consistency should be overruled by common sense. If a particular approach to a problem proves to be ineffective, it is foolish to continue to apply the same approach. Moreover, if a …