Today, we seem to see so many executives essentially saying “Do As I Say….” Their personal behaviors and actions within the organization go contrary to what they are saying. Is there any wonder, why their organizations are confused and maybe do the wrong things? Leaders must set the example for their people in their own behavior. If the leaders can’t demonstrate the behaviors, attitudes, or values expected, then how can they expect the organization to do so?
In “Leading By Example”, John Baldoni addresses these issues head on. The book is mandatory reading for any executive, but a good summary can be found in theLeading Blog.
Our first responsibility as leaders is to demonstrate what we want through the personal examples we set for everyone around us.