Lead by example principle #3- Be consistent
One of the first rules of parenting is being consistent. No means no and yes means yes. When children are exposed to consistency, they test the boundaries as an act of clarification of just where the boundaries are and when the boundaries exist. This is all a search for stability. When the child perceives the environment as stable, the child becomes secure.
This line of thought can also be applied to leading organizations. Employees of an organization feel much more secure when they can predict the behavior of the leader. Once they tune into the values of the leader, they are able to anticipate potential problems, thus being proactive. Crisis solving becomes a matter of prevention. In short, the pattern is consistency transforming into stability arriving at security.
Consistency takes discipline and courage. Consistency is not based upon transient circumstances, but is rooted in principle. True consistency requires inner clarity and self-discipline. A principle based life guided by absolute, moral principles does not change with the winds of pop culture or moral relativism. It endows the participant with a knowledge base to evaluate and predict outcomes of actions taken. In short, it is a platform of leadership.