Model the Way
“The leader sees things through the eyes of his followers. He puts himself in their shoes and helps them make their dreams come true. The leader does not say, “Get going!” Instead he says, “Let’s go!” and leads the way. He does not walk behind with a whip; he is out in front with a banner.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith
“If I love myself I will express that love in my interactions with you, and then I am being impeccable with the word, because that action will produce a like reaction. If I love you, then you will love me. If I insult you, you will insult me. If I have gratitude for you , you will have gratitude for me. If I’m selfish with you, you will be selfish with me.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
“The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time. Whatever you say about what matters to you, the true test is where you place your time. So if you say your priorities are your partner or your kids or your family or your health, that statement will only be true if your calendar reflects it.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium
Leadership is influence – nothing more and nothing less. If a person is able to influence another to take some course of action, they are a leader. Period. There are several different leadership styles or methods that a person may use in order to influence others and a case could be made in support of each one, but as a follower though, nothing makes it easier to follow a person than one who leads by example.
“Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“People may teach what they know, but they reproduce what they are.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” ~ Thomas J. Watson, Former Chairman of IBM
“To gain credibility, you must consistently demonstrate three things: Initiative: You have to get up to go up. Sacrifice: You have to give up to go up. Maturity: You have to grow up to go up. If you show the way, people will want to follow you. The higher you go, the greater the number of people who will be willing to travel with you.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
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