Can You Be Both Agile and Consistent?

by | Mar 2, 2021 | On Point

The answer is yes – and it matters. Great leaders are both consistent and open to new trends, and they adapt to them fast. Here’s how:

  • Know what needs to be consistent: non-negotiables, deliverables. Prioritise, set goals, and remember that how you succeed is as important as what you do.
  • Develop a personal view of agility. The key is to be curious, ready to learn and collaborative. A ‘can-do’ growth mindset helps, so can others. What would “agile” look like for you?
  • Avoid overplaying your strengths. Consistency can turn into rigidity, agility can become a lack of focus. The key is to aim for a balance: high standards AND openness to change.
  • Remember: life is like live radio. If you make a mistake note it, learn, and move on. Don’t get blown off course. Two books encapsulate the need to change fast and be consistent, and their titles say it all. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers and “What got you here won’t get you there” by Marshall Goldsmith. Great books, talented authors, fantastic titles.

How do you balance agility and consistency?

Kourdi Associates​ ​work with current and potential leaders to develop their mindset, skills and effectiveness. Jeremy Kourdi is formerly Senior Vice President with The Economist, he has worked with London Business School and Duke Corporate Education as well as market-leading businesses worldwide, and he is the author of 27 books translated into 17 languages, including​ ​The Truth About Talent​ ​and​ ​Coaching Essentials​. ​His business​ ​Kourdi Associates​ ​provides coaches, expert content and consultants that help leaders successfully navigate a changing world.

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