Leadership Agility: Consistency & Agility Are NOT Enemies

Leadership agility and consistency are NOT enemies.

Leaders, when you think of agility do you picture inconsistent results? Perhaps you picture a lack of logic, chaotic changes, and confusion. If yes, you may be thinking that consistency and agility are opposites — even enemies. They aren’t. Yet thinking they are can be the enemy of your success.

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Leadership Agility: Consistency & Agility Are Not Enemies

How do managers and leaders go astray? They often mistake consistency for constancy (everything staying the same) or uniformity (everyone and everything being the same). Then they see leadership agility and consistency as opposites, even enemies.

Business conditions change. Customers’ needs change. Business goals change. Workforce trends change. In the face of all these changes, keeping everything the same is business suicide.

Leadership agility fosters success by consistently…

  • Communicating in a clear way
  • Engaging employees ideas
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Igniting collaboration & thinking
  • Creating high quality results

Leaders give up on agility because …

  1. Agility and change feel uncertain
  2. It is easier to sustain the known than to create the unknown
  3. Status quo feels less risky
  4. Uniformity is easier to measure


Keep leadership agility alive in everyday ways:

  • Seek different views.
  • Uncover risky status quo assumptions with excellent questions.
  • Replace the statement “the process is” with the intelligent question “how does the process apply here and how should we change it?”
  • Don’t put a process in place to deal with an immature workforce. Processes won’t make them mature or create success. Engage them, teach them, ignite their thinking.

Leadership agility creates consistency of success. Never confuse it with uniformity and the status quo.

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Leadership Agility: Persistence vs. Resistance to Change
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