This simple and age-old principle addresses the need for leaders to DEMONSTRATE the behaviours they would like to see in their team.
To explain this principle and many other leadership initiatives, we can refer back to our PRISE model (redictability, relatedness, independence, status, and equity). The predictability and status aspects of our model are most applicable to the lead by example principle.
Predictability refers to a comfortable mind state that exists when people understand what’s happening around them. When you lead by example – that is, when you demonstrate a behaviour and actively making it a part of your own routine – people will be able to observe both the behaviour and the outcome. Now the results of the behaviour are both known and understood and it makes sense for people to follow in your footsteps.
Status refers to everyones relative position within the organization. Putting everyone on par has the profound effect of allowing you to be a leader without exercising the authority of the leadership role. If everyone’s “role” on a team is equal, people will be more comfortable communicating openly and achieving more each day. As a leader, create positive change by suggesting ideas to your team as equals. That’s leading by example.
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