To lead by example is the most powerful tactic a good leader can provide to their followers. Why? It builds trust and respect making the leader worthy of following. Without trust and respect, the leader is just a boss and bosses are not always followed.
Actions Speak Louder than Words
Now a days, collaboration is key for professional success. This is why leading by example is a must. If you only talk the talk and never walk the walk, people will stop listening. Words are only words until they are backed up with action. The leader who rolls up their sleeves and goes down into the trenches with the workers demonstrate innate collaboration skills. When leaders are respected the visions they create are trusted and followed by others.
Facilitates a Positive Work Environment
Establishing a positive work environment is also achieved when leaders lead by example. For example, in today’s professional climate where sexual harassment will no longer be tolerated in any way, shape or form, leaders must demonstrates ethical behavior at all time. When workers see their leader(s) acting professionally with respect for coworkers no matter gender, race or sexual orientation a non threatening, safe work environment is established for all.
Leading by example to nurture a positive work environment includes:
- Practicing active listening
- Taking feels of others into account
- Reserving judgement until a complete idea is communicated
- Valuing everyone’s opinions/standpoints
- Noticing when people do something right
- Give credit where credit is due
- Not being afraid to take risks and fail
- When you do fail, taking responsibility
- Focusing on creating solutions instead of solving problems
By demonstrating positive communication skills, the ability to take risks and accept failures, and respect for others, innovation and creativity can thrive. By witnessing a leader who walks the walk, other team members are given the courage to use their strengths and venture outside comfort zones. After all, “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosealynn Carter
Leading by example to garner trust and respect will challenge others to achieve their best.
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