12 Eloquent Leading by Example Quotes

 In Leadership, Leadership Development, management

Many leaders today say one thing and do another. They focus on their needs and not that of their team. Here is wisdom that shows us a better way-leading by example.

  1. “The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today”  Francis of Assisi
  2. “What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3.  “The real power of a leader is in the number of minds he can reach, hearts he can touch, souls he can move, and lives he can change.”   Matshona Dhliwayo
  4. “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.” Paul Wellstone
  6. “In leadership, the way up is down. Serve before you get served” Bangambiki Habyarimana 
  7. “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” Thomas J. Watson
  8. “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham
  9. “The leader sees things through the eyes of his followers. He puts himself in their shoes and helps them make their dreams come true. The leader does not say, “Get going!” Instead he says, “Let’s go!” and leads the way. He does not walk behind with a whip; he is out in front with a banner.” Wilfred Peterson
  10. “The world is changed by your example not your opinion.”  Paul Coelho
  11. “Leadership is not position or a title; it’s action and example.” Cory Booker
  12. “The three most important ways to lead people are:… by example… by example… by example.” Albert Schweitzer

Lead by example through your integrity and character. As one manager told me, “Example and integrity motivate me to be my best not money.” Mark Twain added, “”Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Talk the walk and walk the talk, and your team will astonish you with high performance.

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Rick Conlow
Rick Conlow is the CEO & Founder of Rick Conlow International, a consulting, training and coaching firm. He has helped over 200 companies such as Target, Costco, Andersen Windows, Spectrum, Northern Power, Meijer, Carpet King, International Truck, John Deere, Lowes Financial, and Canadian Linen improve customer loyalty, increase sales and add profits. Rick has been a general manager, vice president, training director, program director, and national sales trainer. He has authored 22 books, and regularly speaks at conferences and to audiences of all sizes.
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  • Michael D Plunkett

    Great site with awesome lessons. Can’t wait to learn more.

    I have been using much of these ‘perspective’ for more than thirty years now. I have a long list of successes for it too. Malcolm Baldridge Award amongst the highest honors. But being called to Ray Kroc’s office twice for leadership excellence (my store won super crew of the year), Honorman in Navy boot camp, numerous leadership awards in the Navy, but one of my greatest examples was managing teamsters. My friend had always enjoyed my leadership stories but cautioned me they weren’t teamsters. Luck would have it I was between contracts and a leadership role for Roadway (YRC) terminal was taking applications. I got the job and within weeks was increasing volume and on time success increasing customer satisfaction generating more business. They called me smiley but invited me to pizza day and other union activities no prior management had ever been invited too. My buddy laughed saying he never would have believed it if he hadn’t seen it with his own eyes. Upper Management said I wasn’t doing a good job because I never wrote anyone up. LOL Business world has always ‘surprised’ me just a little. Thanks for listening and love your sight just got me thinking up all kinds of old stories LOL

    • Rick Conlow

      Hi Michael:
      Thanks for the great story. That’s the problem with a lot of management types. They are looking for grievances and write-ups but aren’t willing to talk to someone one on one. I worked for a company years ago that told me you can’t work with the union. (They weren’t the teamsters) That they were a bunch of knot heads. Well, when I went to one of our business units I would go to the back door or side door which led to the technician work areas. I just talked to them and got to know them. They found out that I was an okay guy too. We ended up working on a number of process improvement projects together with good success. Anyway, I am glad you like the site. Thanks for your positive comments and for sharing your thoughts. Merry Christmas and happy New Year@

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