Leading by Example

by | Nov 3, 2023 | Personal Development

Think about all of the amazing leaders in your life. What are some of their common characteristics? We hope they’re charismatic, motivating, and integrous. Build off the values you appreciate in others as you increase your own leadership skills. Then, start leading by example.

People want a leader that inspires them to be their best. They want to feel comfortable asking questions knowing that they respect and admire the person listening to them. By setting the example, you’ll see an increase in team productivity and create a positive team culture that will shine out into other aspects of your day.

Do the work.

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When acting as an example to your team, be willing to put in the work. Serve others by passing out plates at events, picking up trash when you see it, and getting your hands dirty. By showing them that no role is above you, they’ll be more likely to dig in and do whatever it takes, too. They’ll stay late to meet a deadline or tackle projects beyond their job description when you’re right beside them.

Own up to your mistakes.

Mistakes happen to everyone. In fact, it’s by making mistakes that we learn, grow, and do better next time. When you have an idea that doesn’t go as planned or you say something you shouldn’t have … admit it. Demonstrate to your team that you’re human, too, and that it’s important to take ownership of your actions no matter how they turn out. Discover other strategies for coming back from failure, here.

Listen to your team.

Leadership is a two-way street. Not only are you inspiring others to act, you’re learning and growing from their feedback, too. Check out these effective listening habits of leaders. After an educational training or weekly check-in meeting, leave time for your team to share ideas. Asking for input shows that you value your team members and sincerely desire to hear, and implement, their insights.

Establish (and maintain) trust.

Your team should believe in you and that you’re practicing what you teach. In turn, you should trust that your team is doing what they say they’re doing rather than overly micromanaging their every move. Rather than looking over their shoulder 24/7, remember that you’re investing in your team because you trust each other’s work ethic and appreciate each other’s skillset.

Prioritize your health.

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Set the standard for healthy living and a well-rounded life. This might mean sharing your workouts with your team or inviting them to tag along, challenging one another to drink a certain amount of water each day, or providing them with a healthy meal. Look here for other ideas for promoting healthy competition among your team. Set boundaries by prioritizing family time, leaving early if you need to take care of a sick kid. Remind your team why we work so hard—to create a life we’re proud of, excited about, and that leaves an amazing impact on others.

What other leadership skills can you improve upon? Read our blog for insights into how Maslow’s Hierarchy teaches us important Leadership principles.