Lead by modeling leadership. This business basic also translates as practice what you preach. It means that you not only articulate how to lead, but you also demonstrate how to lead. You set the example.

Way too many so-called leaders do a great job talking about leadership without modeling that leadership. It is the old do as I say, not as I do. It automatically reveals a character flaw thereby degrading that person’s ability to lead.

Genuine leadership must be authentic. The heart of leadership is influence, and influence is authentic. Without genuine influence there is no authentic relationship and without relationship there is no leadership. On the other hand, the person who chooses to be authentic, builds relationship, and that builds influence, and that builds trust, and that builds leadership. This is why we must lead by modeling leadership.

The privilege of leadership provides unending opportunities to learn and to grow. Those learning and growth experiences should give us much material with which to model leadership. Fortunately, leadership is a renewable resource.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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