Regardless of your status as a professional or in your personal life, each of us play leadership roles. Especially during the turbulent times we are experiencing now, people are watching other people. We all want to know how others handle themselves when faced with difficulty because, while exact circumstances vary, challenges abound for all of us.
This is the perfect moment to lead by example. To create a picture of what is possible when faced with a challenge, or even adversity. You have an opportunity to serve as an inspiration by being clear in your role as a leader.
Think of someone you admire for her or his leadership and consider the qualities that person exhibits. If they are a true leader, you will note that they:
One caveat when leading by example is that you won’t usually receive direct feedback that lets you know you are successful. At least not immediately.
However, you may notice that others begin mirroring your actions, words, or responses in certain situations. This can only be because they have welcomed seeing someone else behave in a manner worth emulating.
What are some of these habits of behavior?
Setting a good example is what we all hope to do. Aiming to be our best puts us on the right course. As you look around you, who is setting an example that you admire? What are the qualities that person is demonstrating? How might you apply these qualities in your own life and lead by example?