Leadership by Example: Be a role model who inspires greatness in others
If behavior is contagious, is yours worth catching?
Role models don’t have to be rich, powerful, or famous. They don’t have to be the most attractive, wear the fanciest clothes, or drive the most expensive cars. They are as commonplace as a family member, business colleague, or even the person next door. But they represent someone very special in your life and in the lives of others.
They may be a teacher who changed a student’s life, a coach who helped her players achieve greatness, or even a stranger who went out of his way for a person he didn’t know. They’re spreading cheer, bringing out the best in people, and going out of their way to touch other people’s lives.
People don’t “sign up” to be a role model; others naturally gravitate toward them and look up to them. In fact, you may be a role model to someone and not even know it.
You send messages continuously — even if you don’t intend to. And those messages are having a profound impact on people’s lives.
It’s not just what you say, but what you do; when you speak up or when you turn a blind eye; when you’re friendly or when you give folks the cold shoulder; when you hold steadfast to your values or when you give in to temptation.
Ask yourself: What does my attitude say about me? Am I proud of what I do and who I am? Would I be proud if my kids followed my example? Would I want to be friends with myself? If you’re a parent, teacher, coach, religious leader, neighbor, or manager, you’re influencing people every day. You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world around you.
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Praise for Leadership by Example
“This book is simple, profound, and beautifully written. Frank Sonnenberg is a force for good in this world, and his wonderful new book, Leadership by Example, is ideally suited for the opportunities and challenges of our time. Internally, each of us knows, or can discover, the person we are capable of being. It is only when we choose to rise up and become that person, and then inspire others to do the same, that we find the key to true joy and significance. This magnificent book offers fuel for the fire within!”
— Stephen M. R. Covey
The New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and Trust & Inspire
“Leadership by Example is a unique and delightful book. It delves into fundamental questions to ask yourself as a leader yearning to make a difference in this world. Once you pick it up, you’ll never put it down!”
— Angela Maiers
Founder of Choose2Matter
“Brilliant insight. Leadership by Example is filled with commonsense principles and values that aren’t very common today. Be a positive role model and help change the world one person at a time.”
— Faisal Hoque
Founder of Shadoka and NextChapter, and #1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of LIFT and Everything Connects
“Apply the wise—and wonderfully readable—counsel in this book and you’ll transform every facet of your life from good to better to best. Another winner by Frank Sonnenberg!”
— Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan
International bestselling author, former senior Fortune 100 business executive, and member of two prior White House administrations
“Leadership by Example is a remarkable, must-read book for anyone wanting to be an exceptional role model. It is a treasure for those willing to think beyond today to ensure a better tomorrow.”
— Dr. Oleg Konovalov
Called “the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership,” and one of the top global leadership experts
“This book is filled with practical advice. You’ll find thought-provoking questions, lessons that guide you through business and life scenarios, and ideas to help you be a better person. Read it, take it to heart, and be the change you want to be!”
— Annette Franz
Founder and CEO, CX Journey Inc., and member of the Forbes Coaches Council
“A life-changer! Leadership by Example challenges us to seize the opportunity to make an impact in our own life and the lives of others. This is how the world becomes a better place.”
— Lorelei Colbert
Founder of Chemo to Kindness
“Leadership by Example is an informative, engaging, and thoroughly delightful book. Short of taking Frank Sonnenberg home with you, there’s no better source on how to become an exemplary role model.”
— Dr. Steven J. Noble
Taught “The Leadership Challenge” at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business
“Frank Sonnenberg has once again written a vitally important book that begs to be read again and again. Leadership by Example provides great insight into what it takes to be a good person and leader. I highly recommend it.”
— Sue Scheff
Nationally recognized author, parent advocate, and family Internet safety advocate
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Other Titles from Frank Sonnenberg:
The Path to a Meaningful Life
Listen to Your Conscience. That’s Why You Have One
Soul Food: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
BookSmart: Hundreds of Real-World Lessons for Success and Happiness
Follow Your Conscience: Make a Difference in Your Life & in the Lives of Others
Managing with a Conscience: How to Improve Performance Through Integrity, Trust, and Commitment (2nd edition)