Set the Right Example

John C. Maxwell’s 13th Irrefutable Law of Leadership is The Law of the Picture.

Great Leaders are visionaries. They see the bigger picture and they act accordingly. While great strategists can envision a plan to drive towards a vision; it is the leaders amongst us that define the vision and inspire others to reach for it.

Maxwell advises that as you strive to become a better example to your followers, remember these things:

  1. Followers Are Always Watching What You Do – Just as children watch their parents and emulate their behaviour, so do employees watch their bosses. If the boss comes in late, then employees feel they can too. Nothing is more convincing than living out what you say you believe.
  2. It’s Easier to Teach What’s Right Than to Do What’s Right – Nothing is more convincing than people who give good advice and set a good example.
  3. We Should Work on Changing Ourselves Before Trying to Improve Others – A great danger to good leadership is the temptation to try to change others without first making changes to yourself. To remain a credible leader, you must always work first, hardest and longest on changing yourself; this is essential. If we work on improving ourselves our primary mission, then others are more likely to follow.
  4. The Most Valuable Gift a Leader Can Give Is Being a Good Example – More than anything else, employees want leaders whose beliefs and actions line up. Leadership is more caught than taught. How does one “catch” leadership? By watching good leaders in action.

What examples are you setting for your followers?

This is the 13th article in a series of 21. Previous articles can be found here:

  1. The Law of the Lid: How effective are you as a leader?
  2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership
  3. The Law of Process: Leadership is a Journey of Continuous Improvement
  4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone can Steer the Ship…
  5. The Law of Addition: Adding Value by Serving Others
  6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership
  7. The Law of Respect: People Don’t Follow Others by Accident
  8. The Law of Intuition: Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
  9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are, Is Who You Attract
  10. The Law of Connection: Leaders that Care Make Connections
  11. The Law of The Inner Circle: Leaders Cannot Succeed Alone
  12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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