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The Best Leaders are the Most Boringly Predictable

By July 23, 2014January 15th, 2020Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered what makes the best leaders? Well wonder no more. Google has figured it out. By analyzing the data they’ve boiled it down to one factor: predictability.

Crunching the numbers on the question of what makes a successful leader, Google found out that leaders must be predictable and consistent. When managers are predictable, they eliminate an obstacle from employees’ progress–themselves. Managers have their own tendency to interfere, dictate, second-guess, and be a backseat driver. Without this obstacle, employees don’t have to worry about whether their manager will try to jump in or suddenly veer in a different direction. Instead, they have the mental space to do great work.

Funny thing is – in a world uplifts a person’s individual pizzazz – turns out the best leaders don’t have much pizzazz. Instead, they are predictable.

What great news this is for those who know how to show up on time, call meetings when they say they will call them and consistently follow-up with people to see if they did what they said they were going to do.

So the wisdom for the day, if you want to be a great leader, do what you say you are going to do and do it consistently. Your people will thank you and you will create a place of safety where people can do their best work.