In any business, leaders must find ways to inspire their team to
deliver desired results. While telling them what to do might seem
easier, it's far more effective to lead by example. You must
exemplify the action and drive you want your team to embrace; in
the process proving the strategies you're employing actually
work. Leading by example is about more than good practice though,
it is also a chance to illustrate the values your employees need to
invest in – such as honesty, integrity, trust and work-life
balance – that will have a positive impact on all aspects of
their lives. Here are three guidelines to follow when leading by
1. Showcase what hard work looks like
If as a leader you fall short of expectations or are simply not
present, employees can lose the will to put everything they've
got into their work. It might sound simplistic but a good leader
needs to prove – through actions – that he or she
values and expects hard work of themselves first. Even an employee
who has a personality clash with a leader will find it hard not to
respect a boss who puts in the work necessary to achieve
2. Teach settling differences
A potentially demoralizing problem in any workplace is lingering
grievances that are left un-discussed, creating a layer of tension
that prevents harmony and effective collaboration. In some cases,
your employees may believe that it's unprofessional to confront
these issues, but it's important to approach conflict
proactively. If you create a forum for people to positively engage
and resolve conflict, you'll be fostering a healthy and vibrant
work environment. A lot of conflict arises because of lack of
communication. As a leader, engage in practices that teach
empathetic communication methods to avoid conflict from even
arising in the first place.
3. Learn from your employees
Sometimes the best way to "lead by example" is to
prove that everyone – including you – benefits from
others' expertise and experience too. When you follow
employees' examples and even invite them to play a role in
decision-making, they will feel valued and be more willing to
extend the same courtesy to you and their other coworkers. Leaders
who are receptive to the ideas of others also encourage employees
to share fresh ideas that they might otherwise keep to themselves.
Sometimes, all you have to do is truly listen — and
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