“Orders come from customers, not from leaders.”
Leading by example, sounds like a stereotype, but reality tells us that it neither just comes naturally nor is the advice followed universally. It demands some self-discipline and awareness from the leader to always recall actively “what behavior would I expect from my leader in the same situation?” It also demands a high degree of consciousness of what impact the example that I am setting as a leader could have on others. However, consciousness can be trained and become second nature. It will come with the double reward of having a positive impact on the team’s productivity as well as with the satisfying feeling of being consistent and plausible.
How well do you walk your talk?
What are two things you can do today to increase your self-awareness?
How willing are you to change, learn, and grow as a leader?