Top 10: Ways to Lead by Example
At Home, Work or Play
by Wanda Davis
Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to know and to follow. A leader is a person other people want to associate with, listen to and trust. Do you hope others think of you as a “good person”? One that they would admire, call on for some advice or one they would buy something from? Are you a leader in your family as a parent or as a caregiver for an elderly parent? How about patriotism (it is Canada Day weekend) or environmentalism or citizenship? What values do you hold true to yourself and want to portray to the world?
When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. You can even think of it as being a leader in your own life. How do you want to portray yourself to the world?
Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example. And when I say lead,
1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps others on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose. This does not have to be done alone, you can ask for help.
4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for others to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define you.
6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your family, friends and associates for more.
7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.
9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced group of people, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness amongst your peers.
“Be the Change You Want to See in the World”. Ghandi
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