You probably think you’re pretty predictable as a leader. Your team clearly knows your standards and expectations. They know how you’ll behave in pretty much any leadership situation. That predictability gives them comfort and makes them confident in your leadership.
I ask a poll question on SmartBrief on Leadership every week (and if you don’t subscribe to SmartBrief, you’re missing out so go sign up here now… go on… I’ll wait until you get back…). In two recent polls I asked readers how predictable they thought they were as leaders. The question was “How predictable is your leadership style?” in both cases.
When asked about their own style, people responded like this:
– My team always knows what to expect from me and how I lead. 29.15%
– Most of the time I’m predictable but I occasionally surprise people. 68.37%
– I’m mostly unpredictable and my team reacts to my shifts in style. 0.58%
– I’m completely unpredictable and my style is not clear to most others. 1.90%
When asked the same question about their bosses, people responded like this. For ease of doing math, I’ve included the variance between responses in the two polls in parentheses after the values: