Leading By Example by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC
As business owner or leader in a company, you are certainly aware that you are in a position of leadership. Others around you, particularly those who work for you, look to you for guidance and to teach them how to be a leader.
There are many ways to display effective leadership, but none is more powerful than leading by example. Leading by example has many benefits both to you and to those you seek to lead. Here are some things to consider.
1. Leading by example makes you accomplish more. When you recognize the people are watching your actions, as opposed to just your words, you are likely to do more and better things. Recognizing that you are leading in your example makes you more intentional in your actions. You will see each action you take as having an impact on others. You will see the benefit of being more personally productive just because you hone in on the idea that others are learning from your behavior.
2. You project a more sincere image. The world is full of leaders who talk about what should be done and how it should be done, but then live their own life in a totally different way. Those who lead by example are recognized as people who “practice what they preach”. You’ll gain far more respect with this leadership style.
3. You set the ethics bar higher. When you know others are watching you, you are more careful about what you do and say. You are more likely to keep yourself in check when you know others are watching.
The fact is, you are leading by example whether you choose to lead this way or not. As a person in a leadership role, others are watching what you say and how you act. Your actions will have an impact on how these people conduct themselves, and on the type of leader they will become. So, make it a point to ensure that the example you set is one you can be proud of.