Lead By Example

One of the most powerful and effective things a good manager can do is to lead by example.

You've undoubtedly heard this many times before. But, it's surprising how often some managers don't lead by setting a good example.

Try the following and my bet is most of your employees will learn to mimic your behavior:

  • Work hard and lend a hand when deadlines are tight.

  • Show respect for everyone on your team.

  • Follow through when you say you will.

  • Allow learning to happen when mistakes are made.

  • Allow prudent autonomy.

  • Give credit where credit is due.

  • Communicate clearly.

  • Listen effectively.

  • Teach something new. Nearly everyone wants to learn how to do something better or faster.

  • Show and demonstrate trust.

  • Praise when compliments are earned.

  • Say "Thank You" and sincerely mean it.

  • Respond to questions quickly and fully.

  • Be decisive.

These behaviors all sound pretty simple. They really can be. Select the ones you may not be doing and give them a try.


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