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5 Things You Must Do to Lead by Example

By Bigg Success Staff
03-19-08

Leadership skills

General 

As a leader, you’re constantly being watched. Your people want to know if you’re genuine. Great leaders don’t tell their troops how to act. They show them!

They know that “do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work. Your people will use any inconsistencies in your behavior as justification for their own behavior. So you have to set the example. 

Here are five things you must do to lead by example:

#1 – Play by the rules.
You have established a code of conduct. Now you must play by it, too. If you don’t, neither will your troops. Your ground rules have to be seen as more important than any person. No one, including you, is above your code. It is your covenant with your people.

#2 – Show your commitment to the cause.
Show your troops that you are committed to obtaining the victory you’ve defined. Remind your people frequently of your desired destination as well as the progress that’s been made toward that goal.

#3 – Don’t ask your troops to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
Show your troops that you will do whatever it takes to succeed. If you’re not willing to do something, you shouldn’t expect them to do it. You lead by example by rolling your sleeves up and getting your hands dirty if that’s what it takes.

#4 – Expect more from yourself than you do from your troops.
Show your troops that you will go the extra mile. Not only are you willing to do anything that you ask them to do, you’re willing to do more. They need to see that you will push yourself harder than you push them. Then they’ll accept being pushed to achieve victory.

#5 – Admit your mistakes.
Everybody makes mistakes. You want your troops to feel safe admitting it when they make one. That’s the first step to learning from it, so it doesn’t get repeated. If you’re willing to freely admit when you screw up, your people will feel more comfortable admitting it when they make a mistake.

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