SHOW, DON’T TELL (LEADING BY EXAMPLE)
November 17, 2010
Leading by example isn’t one way to lead; it’s the only way. As the leader in the trenches, your duty is to set the tone and set the standard for the team by your actions and personal example. If your attitude, focus, appearance, and performance are consistently held to the highest standard, you can rightfully demand the same of your team. But if your own personal standards are poor or inconsistent, you’ll be setting a double standard for your team and you will lose their respect and confidence—RAPIDLY.
Show your team that you’re willing to do the same things you ask them to do. Conduct yourself so that your personal habits are above reproach. Share danger and hardship with your team to demonstrate your willingness to carry your share and more. Develop a logical and orderly thought process by practicing objective estimation of the situation and sharing your reasoning with the team. People are much more likely to support an objective if they know the “why” behind it and they trust your objectivity.
And always remember—courage is contagious!
Own your decisions—and accept responsibility for them. If you make a mistake, admit it and change course. People respect leaders who correct mistakes immediately for the good of the business instead of bluffing their way through a poor decision to protect their egos.
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