Lead by Example to Inspire Your Team
In my introduction to management, my boss told me to lead by example. Yet, he and nobody else really told me how to do it in detail. It was like you had to be secretive about what it meant. Over time I learned and acquired the critical competencies. Most importantly, I understood leading by example is the ultimate expression of Servant Leadership. (Click the pictures on the left and join the movement) This is a leadership approach that builds up employees, and acts with integrity, and sound character.
The Mystery of Leading by Example
However, leading by example is not a basic management skill. It is more art than it is science. So unfortunately, it is not easily accomplished. Furthermore, a tremendous amount of leadership training still stresses top-down approaches. What do I mean by that? This means managers have the answers, control, and authority. So, employees do what they are told. However, research shows that managers build trust by focusing on positive relationships, using good honest judgment, and applying their leadership consistently. Consequently, employees perform better.
Too many managers do not understand that the first rule of leadership is that it is not about you. It is about the team. Therefore, managers lose the trust and respect of employees. Team performance and morale also suffers. You must talk the walk and walk the talk. The leadership video will define this clearly.
Recent research shows that only 37% of employee’s trust executives. Employee disengagement is 85% worldwide. Leaders are falling short of excellence with 82% failing. YOU do not have to make this mistake. As a manager you can accelerate your career by learning how to lead by example. When you model the way, your team will follow. They will improve their performance and their results. That is good news for them and you!
5 Key Characteristics to Lead by Example
On the leadership video clip, Rick defines five key behaviors related to leading by example:
- Caring-you want your team to succeed.
- Commitment-you follow-through on promises and agreements.
- Communication-you proactively coach and engage your team.
- Consistency-focus on the team and stay the course, and others will count on you.
- Character-you are honest, genuine and act with integrity.
Pulling It All Together
In conclusion, watch this leadership training video for specific details. Furthermore, remember this quote: If you want your team to be better you must become a better leader–a servant leader.
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