You must become the change you want to see in your team or organisation. We often say: “Actions speak louder than words.” But how often do we walk the talk? Are you a good leadership role model?
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
How can we expect others to change if we aren’t ready to change ourselves?
Leadership is about taking the leid. To find the way (from Old Norse) is being the leadership role model you want to see in everyone else.
Are You a Good Leadership Role Model?
Have you ever criticised another manager in front of your team? I have. Do you drag your feet when you have to do something you don’t enjoy? I do.
Do you take responsibility when a problem arises or do you push back?
The effect you have on others is greater than you think. Never underestimate the impact your words, actions and attitudes have for doing harm (or good) to others and to yourself.
Whether you chose or not you are a leadership role model.
Be a Leadership Role Model
To motivate the team you need to start seeing yourself as a role model. As a good example to others.
A good leadership role model sets high standards of accountability for themselves and their behaviours.
Before motivating your team be sure to motivate yourself. Be the sort of person others can get behind and support. Be a good role model.
How to Be a Worthy Role Model
A good leadership role model:
- Practices self-reflection – They set exacting standards for themselves and others.
- Is self-aware – They are open to learning and new ideas.
- Shows empathy – They think carefully about the impact they have on others.
- Has vision, courage and integrity – They communicate their vision and expectations clearly so people know where they’re heading.
- Is ready to lead – They lead by example. They are honest, sincere and practice what they preach.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. – Oliver Goldsmith
Do you know how other people see you?
When you end a conversation what impression do you leave behind?
Creative Commons image courtesy Jethro Taylor.