Model The Way
Let’s focus on this Exemplary Leadership Practice in today’s Leadership Minute.
According to the research of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge, credibility is the foundation of leadership. To gain commitment and achieve the highest standards, leaders must model the behavior they expect of others.
Exemplary leaders set the example through daily actions that demonstrate their deep commitment to their beliefs. They practice what they preach, walk the talk, and do what they say they will do. Leaders need to know that while their position may give them authority, it is their behavior that earns respect of their colleagues. It is the consistency of word and deed that builds a leader’s credibility.
As a leader, think about this,
You are always being watched. Make sure your statements and actions are sending the desired message.
Your voice comes from your values. It is difficult to follow your lead if you are not clear on your beliefs.
Shared values are the foundation for building productive and genuine working relationships.
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