Let’s get it on the table from the beginning: consistency is not universally good, and inconsistency is not universally bad. After all, as Aldous Huxley so wisely pointed out, “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.” Inconsistency is part of who we are when we’re learning and growing. And many of the leaders we dislike are the ones who are completely consistent – in a mindset that won’t budge.
A leader’s inconsistency may represent open-mindedness, inclusiveness, or acceptance of new data. But inconsistency in leadership can also be damaging to both the leader and to those she is leading. How can you strike the right balance? Continue reading