You might be familiar with the phrase, “consistent action leads to consistent results.” This is especially true when it comes to management. A leader must be predictable and provide stability wherever possible. Consistent management techniques are important anchors for any business and help to advocate a more stable work environment. As a manager, you are in charge of establishing a consistent culture of excellence among your team. If business goals are not reached, deadlines are not met, and professional expectations are not enforced, it falls on the manager’s shoulders. Employees look to their manager to lead them and this starts by implementing consistent management practices. Here are four tips for practicing consistency in management.
Follow Through with Commitments
Managers wear a lot of hats and this means they commit to a lot of different things. However, your employees are counting on you to deliver on your word. If you tell one of your employees you will email them on Tuesday, your employee should not receive the email on Wednesday. If you tell your team that you will be present at the next team meeting to go over the details of a new project, you need to be there as promised. Take your commitments seriously and let your actions follow your words. This builds trust and respect among employees, knowing they have a manager they can count on.
Treat Everyone Equally
Nothing is more frustrating than working for a manager who plays favorites. This is one of the fastest ways to destroy employee motivation. As a manager, it is your responsibility to treat every member of your team with equal respect. You must reward the same behaviors every time you see them and discourage the same behaviors every time you see them. Each member of your team should be given the same opportunities and held to the same standards.
Focus on Consistent Communication
The way in which you communicate with your team can directly impact their success. When relaying information, setting goals and expectations, and delegating tasks, do so with clarity and accuracy. One way to do this is by sending out a weekly newsletter or team email to ensure everyone is well informed of happenings in the department. Schedule regular meetings to discuss current projects and allow for open discussion. Commit to regular one-on-one meetings with employees to provide feedback. However, you choose to communicate, do it clearly and consistently.
Consistently Enforce Professional Rules
As the manager, you set the example in terms of your behavior. If you show up late, your team will be less punctual. If you break the dress code, your team is likely to follow suit. Strive to be consistent in all of your actions. Show up to work on time every day. Follow the dress code. Meetings need to start and end on time. Follow the protocol for requesting time off. Turn in your work on time and meet your deadlines. Likewise, be consistent in enforcing these same rules among your team. Avoid making exceptions for certain employees and not others. Consistency in your behavior and your expectations for your employees’ behavior will lead to a stronger and more successful team.