Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned to what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust; a critical element of productive leadership.
Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example –
- Take Responsibility – Blame costs you, your credibility which keeps people on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
- Be truthful – Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really is the best policy.
- Be courageous – Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
- Acknowledge failure – It makes it ok for others to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
- Be persistent – Try and try again. Go over, under and around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define you.
- Create solutions – Don’t dwell on problems; instead, be the first to offer solutions and then ask others for more.
- Listen – Ask questions and seek to understand. You will receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
- Delegate liberally – Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths
- Take care of yourself – Exercise; eat well; have time for play; be human; take a break and don’t over work. Whether it is your workplace or your family, a balanced team or family mentally and physical will be happy and successful. You model it, encourage it and support it.
- Roll up your sleeves – As the leader you demonstrate to those around you that you are not afraid to work hard or get in and do what is needed to be done. You will inspire greatness in those around you.