I remember growing up, as the oldest I was constantly admonished to lead by example. As a parent, I often impart these same words on my children and younger cousins.
Have you ever noticed an individual who just simply commands attention or, better yet, one who can persuade anyone to do what he or she may ask? Some individuals are just born natural leaders while others struggle seriously in this department. Being someone that can effectively lead by example encompasses many different skills. Whether it comes naturally or you have to work at it, these are skills that are valuable in your personal and professional life.
If you find that you are one of those who struggle, it does not have to be that way all of the time. There are tips and techniques you can learn to incorporate leadership into your persona.
4 Ways to Lead by Example
#1: Encourage Group Participation
An effective leader is only as good as the employees who follow. If you take the position of leadership as one of doing it all yourself, you will more than likely not succeed. Being an effective leader means encouraging your group to offer their input as well as their insights.
If you take on an approach of my way or the highway, do not be surprised if everyone heads for the door.
Make certain that when you offer your views and opinions, you are open the views and opinions of others. Be open to new ideas and you will start to see the sparks flow among your group.
#2: Be a Positive Force
If you are in the habit of being negative and stressed, then chances are the people in your group will follow suit. Being a positive force entails carrying a cheerful and optimistic attitude along with feeling motivated. If you are not those things for yourself, you cannot expect others to be those things for you either.
Approaching others with an amicable and charismatic demeanor is essential to have others recreate your actions, as well.
#3: Be More Charismatic
When you become more charismatic, it does not mean that you are falsely charming. There are several character traits you can practice to become more charismatic:
- Be a good listener
- Evoke deep emotions
- Be an excellent communicator
- Instill a sense of integrity into your leadership
By practicing these skills in your daily life, you can then easily transform them to your business world. Being charismatic means you inspire, encourage, and motivate your followers.
#4: Do not be Afraid to get into the Trenches
Leading by example means that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty or your feet wet. Going into the trenches and getting things done shows a sign of integrity. When others see this trait in you, they will surely want to model it for themselves.