Lead by Example

Good leaders lead by example. By aligning their actions with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they create confusion and stress.  More important, they erode trust, a critical element of productive endeavors. You don’t have to be the “Boss” to be a leader.  Here are just 10 of the dozens of ways anyone can lead by example:

1: Take responsibility. Blame costs you credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.

2: Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.

3: Be courageous. Be the first one to walk through the “fire” or crisis. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.

4: Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your teammates to do the same and defines setting stretch goals and sometimes failing as a key element in the process of becoming extraordinary.

5: Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define you or your team.

6: Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead see everything as an opportunity and be the first to offer solutions and then invite more from your team.

7: Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.

8: Collaborate freely and delegate liberally. Promote an atmosphere in which people join forces to leverage their individual core strengths.

9: Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!

10: Roll up your sleeves. Demonstrate the depth of your own commitment and you’ll inspire greatness in others.

Author’s content adapted under license, © 2011 Claire Communications

About djwlifecoach

As a coach, author, speaker, singer, artist, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. To learn more about my work in the world, visit djwlifecoach.com. Subscribe to my blog at tiny.cc/djwblog. Listen to my radio show at tiny.cc/djwradio. View my author video and book trailer at tiny.cc/djwauthorvideo and tiny.cc/djwbooktrailer. Access 40+ tapping resources at tiny.cc/djwtaps. Send email to deborah@djwlifecoach.com. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the three coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee, Mortimer and Maisy Jane.
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