The late, great baseball player Joe DiMaggio is noted as saying, “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”
I imagine Joe DiMaggio knew what he was talking about. His example made him a leader on the New York Yankees during his entire 13-year baseball career. During that 13-year career he won the MVP trophy 3 times and was on the Major League All-Star Team each of those 13 seasons.
Due to his ability and his leadership, he was named to the All-Century team. He was elected to the Major League Hall of Fame in 1955.
Whether you’re head of a large corporation, a charity or head of your family, the best way to lead is by example. Leading by example builds trust and admiration. As a result, you can easily get much more accomplished in a shorter amount of time. It’s especially helpful for team leaders to lead by example so they can rally and inspire the group to greater accomplishment.
As a leader, do you lead by your example?
No matter who you are leading, here are a few ways to lead by example:
1 – Watch your words.
While actions speak louder than words, you still need to watch what you say. Words can have a serious impact on morale and enthusiasm. One harsh word said in haste can deflate the entire organization or team. A few words from a leader can discourage a team and make it difficult for them to show support and meet goals.
Instead, make it a focus to spend more time complimenting that criticizing. Make your speech words of encouragement. Doing this will allow your team to find refreshment in your words instead of cowering to them.
There are times to critique, but if you are always on the negative, your team will always expect the worst.
2 – Honor the chain of command.
In everyone corporation, business and even in your family there is a “chain of command.” The chain of command has to do with decisions and getting the team on the right track. There are tough decisions made by the chain of command from time to time.
In your position as a leader, you may not agree with some of the decisions handed down from the upper chain of command. Remember, you must always respect it to set a good example. Otherwise, confusion and chaos may occur, and the structural elements of the team will begin to fall apart.
3 – Do the work you ask of others.
Have you ever had a person above you on the chain of command dictate your actions without knowing what you are to do? I am sure everyone has.
As a leader, it is important for you to understand the role of people in your organization. I do not believe you must understand every detail, but you do need to understand the roles. Remember the TV Show “Undercover Boss?” The leaders on that show went to work as normal employees and many of them, if not all, had eye-opening experiences. They learned the jobs of their employees and it changed their outlook.
Leaders need to be willing to serve front of the team and not dictate from the back.
4 – Be ready to pitch in when needed and even when you aren’t.
I once heard that your servants towel needs to be bigger than your ego.
Serving your team shows that you are a member. While you may be a leader, you are a leader that is willing to help bear the burden.
Serving with your team builds trust and confidence. You’ll also gain knowledge and learn some skills that you may not be privy to if you’re constantly giving orders.
5 – Develop sensitivity and take special interest in others.
Pay attention to your team. Not everyone will always be on track every day and as a leader your attention to this detail will help the entire team.
Remember that everyone has a bad day. You should be sensitive to those days when your employee or subordinate just isn’t doing the job up to par. Rather than showing criticism, show sensitivity.
Also, make others on your team feel special and compliment often, when possible. Remember to spend more time complimenting instead of criticizing.
6 – Be prudent in choosing your battles.
This is HUGE! It many not seem that way at the time, but every battle does not need to be fought, or even fought wide-open. Don’t concentrate your efforts on the little conflicts which arise among team members. Instead, put your efforts into the more important decisions which must be made.
If you put all your efforts into dealing with small fires, you will be too exhausted to deal with the bigger decisions that must be made. I have seen too many leaders be constantly burdened with the minor things that they lose the major decisions.
Do not drain your abilities on the minor but focus on the major.
7 – Listen.
Remember the point on paying attention? This involves listening.
Do not just hear the words, but listen to them.
As a leader, it’s your job to know what’s going on at all times. Don’t be so busy giving orders and guidance that you miss listening to your team members and hear the advice they offer. Even though you may be an expert in what you do, you can’t know everything. There may be a few good team members who can teach you a thing or two and provide great feedback about your team.
8 – Don’t take your team for granted.
One of the biggest team killers is to take your team for granted. When this happens the appreciate for each individual person gets lost.
Your team makes you look good – so never take one or all of them for granted but consider each as an important asset to what you desire to accomplish. Also, assume (until you’re shown differently) that each person on the team is a good and honest person who you can trust and rely on.
When you strive to set a good example for others, you won’t go wrong in your life’s choices. As a leader in your position, whether in business, church, community or family, others want to see you lead.
As a leader, your example matters. You can make a difference, but others need to see you making a difference by the example you set.
To your success,
Everyone makes mistakes; including leaders.
Begin by understanding that leaders are prone to take risks. Those risks may cause others to see them as ‘losers,’ especially if the leaders don’t have full knowledge of what the endeavor consists of before they become involved.
There are mistakes that come from thinking so radically that it’s impossible to know how taking a chance will turn out. If it turns out well, the leader is a hero. If not, serious consequences may be the result.
Are you a leader?
Have you ever made a mistake? Have you made a mistake because of radical thinking?
As mentioned earlier, everyone makes mistakes. Some people make the same mistakes over and over. There are mistakes that may be classified as “common mistakes.” These “common mistakes” are usually made by a certain group of people.
There are some common mistakes made among most leaders that are avoidable if you know some leadership strategies.
Here are five common mistakes which can and should be avoided if you’re in a leadership role:
#1 – Focusing on tasks rather than reaching the ultimate goal. Focusing too much on “busy work” can keep you from getting the results you want and desire from a team. Great leaders always focus on the result being reached more than looking or being busy. Remember, do not confuse activity with accomplishment.
#2 – Checking up on employees rather than engaging them. Make it a point to get to know your team members and engage them in conversation which can pinpoint what makes them tick. It’s important to get your vision across, and you can’t do that if you merely check in occasionally. Remember, great leadership is about relationship.
#3 – Don’t stick to your own leadership style. You can learn from other leaders in history and in your business, but don’t mimic them when it comes to your leadership style. Develop your own and stick to it to become a leader who stands out from the others. Remember, leadership is a learning, growing process. To be able to lead people, you must be willing to grow yourself first. Be who you are as you grow.
#4 – Resist change. Many leaders tend to do what they’ve always done in terms of leading. One reason is that they’re too overwhelmed with the complex tasks and responsibilities that leaders must take on. If you want your business or team to prosper and grow, take some time to expose yourself to new ideas that will impact your leadership ability in a positive way. Remember, grow, grow, grow.
#5 – Hire people too fast to fill a slot. Hiring someone just to fill a void isn’t a good way to build a team you can count on. You’ll invest time and effort in managing the “new hire,” but may eventually need to let him go if you find you’ve made a mistake in hiring. True leaders take their time when hiring and make sure they can complete the work and grow along with the company or team. Remember, your team is a group of people progressing towards the same goal. You need relationship teamwork, not just a person filling a space.
As a leader you should know what’s expected of you in the leadership position. You can’t lead others if you don’t know what you’re striving for, so be sure you’re clear and focused on the vision rather than the small tasks of the job.
Are you making any of these common mistakes?
How are you avoiding these common mistakes?
Enjoy your day and press on!
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The names at the bottom of Declaration of Independence were united. They knew their signatures would bring them hardships and possibly the loss of their homes, friends and finances. Even though the consequences could be the loss of everything, they believe in the purpose of the people of the United States of America. They believe in their desire to begin their own country and leave the British empire behind. They knew it would be difficult, but they were committed.
Have you ever read the text?
Take a few moments and read the document that started it all?
In Congress, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
What was it like to sign the Declaration? John Adams wrote to his wife,
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory–I can see that the end is more than worth all the means and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction. (https://wallbuilders.com/happy-independence-day/)
Will you take a moment and at least honor those men? They signed their name so you can live in a free nation.
Just some thoughts,