Reposting of a Previous Newsletter on Leadership
Kitty J. Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT
Certified Life Strategies and Stress Management Coach
I believe we need good leaders. It is hard to think, however, of who the most effective leaders in today's world are, isn't it?
From the President to Congress to the Governors of the 50 states and on down, as we examine the leaders in our society, it is difficult for me, at least, to point to the real leaders in our society right now. The Pope comes to mind, and I am not even Catholic, but the Pope does seem to be trying to walk his talk as a leader of his faith community.
Let's face it, many of our leaders fall far short of what we need from them as we look to them to lead by example. Reflecting on that thought brought to mind this newsletter which was posted last November. If you remember it and don't wish to re-read it, that's fine. But in case you are a newer reader or you are interested in the topic of leadership and you want a refresher, I invite you take another look. Feel free to share.
We need to lead by example. These are reminders of how we can do that.
Top 10: Ways to Lead by Example
Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.
1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your 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. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of 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 your company or team.
6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.
7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their 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. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.
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