12 Eloquent Leading by Example Quotes
Most leaders don’t know how to lead by example. Instead, they say one thing and do another. They focus on their needs and not that of their team. Consequently, this leads to distrust. In addition, employees performance is negatively affected. Unfortunately, the workplace becomes an unhappy and toxic place.
12 Eloquent Leading by Example Quotes
Do you want to be a better leader? If so, check out this wisdom about how to lead by example.
- “The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” Francis of Assisi
- “What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “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
- “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” Mahatma Gandhi
- “Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.” Paul Wellstone
- “In leadership, the way up is down. Serve before you get served” Bangambiki Habyarimana
- “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
- “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others stiffen.” Billy Graham
- “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
- “Change the world by your example not your opinion.” Paul Coelho
- “Leadership is not position or a title; it’s action and example.” Cory Booker
- “The three most important ways to lead people are:… by example… walk the talk, and by example… by example.” Albert Schweitzer
Pulling It All Together
Lead by example through your integrity and character. For example, a highly talented manager explained to me, “Example and integrity motivate me to be my best not money.” Mark Twain added, “”Always do right. This gratifies some people and astonishes the rest.” In summary, whey you talk the walk and walk the talk you team will astonish you with high performance.
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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
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!