You are being watched every minute of every day. Sounds creepy, right? But it’s true. Every word that you say and every move that you make is being carefully followed. What’s more…you can’t escape it. Do you lead by example? Here are the facts.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, launching your career or known as the “big cheese” — your words and actions have a huge impact on your credibility and reputation. Plus, they’re influencing others in ways you’ve never imagined. Are you proud of the message that you send to others? If not, it might be time to reexamine your behavior.
People who look up to you watch every move that you make — so don’t let them down.
30 Ways to Lead by Example
Sometimes it’s clear as day that you’re sending people a message; other times, it may not be that obvious. Here are 30 ways that you can lead by example:
- Be the first to give rather than the first to take.
- Earn trust and respect rather than demanding it.
- Get in the game rather than watching from the sidelines.
- Think for yourself rather than acting like a parrot.
- Do your best rather than doing just enough to get by.
- Man up rather than ducking your responsibility.
- Think “we” rather than “me.”
- Lead by example rather than just talking a good game.
- Build people up rather than tearing them down.
- Confront poor behavior rather than turning a blind eye.
- Remain true to your values rather than blowing with the wind.
- Pull your own weight rather than asking others to do double duty.
- Run toward problems rather than away from them.
- Admit mistakes rather than casting blame.
- Offer solutions rather than just complaining.
- Follow your moral compass rather than asking to be shown the way.
- Go to the back of the line rather than cutting in front.
- Tell it like it is rather than beating around the bush.
- Build bridges rather than constructing walls.
- Raise your own hand rather than volunteering others.
- Keep an open mind rather than shutting the door.
- Do what you can rather than making excuses why you can’t.
- Leave your comfort zone rather than surrendering to your fears.
- Raise the bar rather than accepting mediocrity.
- Be strong-minded rather than quitting at the first sign of trouble.
- Better yourself rather than trying to change others.
- Honor your word rather than breaking your promise.
- Stand strong rather than bending to peer pressure.
- Listen to your conscience rather than selling your soul.
- Make a difference in others’ lives rather than enriching your own.
Wanted: Role Models –– It’s Time to Lead by Example
Your behavior defines who you are and what you stand for. It reveals your upbringing, reflects on the organization that you represent, and it paints a lasting impression — your reputation — that is as hard to shake as your shadow.
Do you abide by your own rules and standards? Is your handshake as binding as a contract? Can friends count on you in good times and bad? Do you treat people who can’t do something for you as well as you treat those who can? Would you be proud if your kids followed in your footsteps? If you can’t say yes to these questions, ask yourself why.
If you want to raise kids with strong moral character, strengthen your organization’s culture, or encourage citizens to be productive members of society, don’t look to change their behavior, examine your own. Ask yourself whether your actions are having a positive or negative impact on the people around you. Are you guiding them toward a righteous path or steering them down a dead end? You’re a role model. Act like one.
Do You Lead by Example?
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