Leadership is influence. We must be able to inspire others to action.
There are leaders out there who constantly wonder what they can do to garner this action.
What must they do to see their teams respond? What must be said to see action? What must be done for results?
In my experience, there’s one thing that will inspire others to take action. To go the extra mile. To bleed for the company.
What is this one thing leaders can do? It’s setting the example.
What Does It Mean To Set The Example?
Guys, this is fairly easy to figure out. Realizing what setting the example is doesn’t take a lot of work.
Setting the example means showing your team what needs to be done. In all you do, show off the traits of a model employee.
If your idea of the model employee does:
Shows up on time
Stays on task
Puts the team first
Respects company property
Seeks the best for the company
You, as a leader, must be willing to do the same. Your position as a leader doesn’t garner you more rights. Your position demands more of you. Your position requires you to set the example.
What Setting The Example Does
Your team is watching you. They’re constantly monitoring to see if you’re living up to the rules you’ve laid out for them.
Honestly, they’re probably looking for you to screw up. They want to see that weakness that says you’re a hypocritical leader.
When you step up and set the example, you’re showing your team that you value them and you believe the rules and expectations you’ve set for the team also applies to the leader.
Not only that, when you set the example you begin to gain the trust of your team. They can see you’re the real deal. You’re willing to do what you’ve asked of them.
Why wouldn’t they trust you at this point?