“A leader’s most powerful ally is his or her own example. Leaders don’t just talk about doing something; they do it.”
1) ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
You lead by example in everything you do.
No matter what your role is on your team, other people pay attention to what you do. The old saying, “actions speak louder than words,” applies to every one of us.
2) WORK AS HARD AS YOU CAN IN EVERY WAY.
Do the work and know your trade. You don’t have to be the most advanced technician on the team, but you must have an in-depth understanding of your industry and your business. Leaders have many responsibilities, but it is important to work alongside your team. This is a great way to build trust and continue to develop your own knowledge and skills.
3) FOLLOW YOUR OWN RULES.
This should go without saying, but do as I say, not as I do is a horrible leadership motto. Don’t bend the rules because you’re the leader. Your dishonesty and hypocrisy will immediately cancel out any authority you’re trying to convey. If you’re not willing to follow the rules, why should anyone else? Establish rules, and stick to them.
4) SET AN EXAMPLE AND BE A ROLE MODEL.
If you don’t want mediocrity from your team, don’t be mediocre. Whatsoever you do will be watched and emulated, so start with demanding excellence from yourself. Your team will notice, and do their best to keep up.
Leading by example is the fastest way to train a team. When you hold yourself to a high standard, your team will look to gain your approval by doing the same. They will rise to our expectations of excellence, integrity, and respect when you give them the same. And when your team is composed of excellence, you are sure to see success.
People watch what you do and how you do it. They learn about your character, your work ethic, your determination to improve and much more by how you act and how you respond to challenges. Set a good example for others by how you act at work and in your personal life. You might not be the head of your company, division or sports team, but you will be a leader in a truer sense, guiding others to be the best they can be.
They call you a leader for a reason, because you lead.