How wide is your “Say-Do” gap? The difference between what you say and what you actually do is your “Say-Do” gap. The width of this gap decides your success or failure in the roles and responsibilities you fill.
Do you make commitments?
When you make promises, no matter how small, and follow through, you build credibility. There is a link between credibility and influence. Credibility builds trust and greater trust leads to influence. Credibility, trust and influence, are directly proportional to your “Say-Do” gap – the greater the difference, the less credible you are as a leader.
It does not require a special talent to narrow the gap
You just have to be vigilant of your behavior. If you are not vigilant, you can easily slip into the habit of making promises without follow through. Consistently demonstrate credibility in your leadership style. Your direct reports will be inspired to rely on your leadership.
Try it and see the difference in your leadership style by bridging the “Say-Do” gap.