Leadership by Example

Yesterday I listened to a Scout Master apply the Boy Scout Law to going back to school.  I loved how he put it in terms the kids could relate to and let them know as scouts they should be the example for others to follow.  As I reflected on this approach I realized these same words should be used to define a leader.  Leading by example is something we all do each and everyday so applying these will help you become a leader who others will want to follow.  Here’s my take on it for leaders everywhere.

Trustworthy – A leader keeps their promises and is honest.  People can depend on them.

Loyal – A leader is true to their team, their department and their company.

Helpful – A leader cares about the people around them.  They help others without expecting anything in return.

Friendly – A leader is accessible to all.  They offer guidance to everyone and respects them even when they are of a different generation, race or religion.

Courteous – A leader is polite in all their dealings.  Professional behavior in all settings makes it easier for people to get along.

Kind – A leader treats others as they want to be treated.  Brutal words and actions, without good reason, will breed contempt.

Obedient – A leader exemplifies the code of ethics of their company and upholds their country’s laws of doing business.   They seek change where rules are unfair instead of disregarding them.

Cheerful – A leader has a positive attitude.  They look for the bright side of every situation to keep their team engaged and working productively.

Thrifty – A leader is careful with company funds and uses resources wisely.  They manage their time well and works with their team to develop good management skills in each person.

Brave – A leader will take a stand for what is right and will make the tough decisions, acting even in the face of adversity.

Clean – A leader keeps their workspace clean and their mind sharp.  They associate with those who have the same high standards and will expect their team to live by those standards as well.

Reverent – A leader honors and respects their team and organization.  They care deeply about the well-being of all who work with them.  They embrace the strength that comes for the diversity of those around them.

Keeping these in mind and acting consistently will demonstrate the behavior you want from you team.  However you act will be noticed, you lead by example whether you know it or not.  It’s up to you to choose the example you will provide for your organization.


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2 responses to “Leadership by Example

  1. What a great post Carol! Scouting is so great for our youth teaching these values and attributes at such young ages. If they follow these they will become excellent leaders. As adults we should all probably sit in on a few scouting meetings for a refresher course 🙂

    • I love the things that scouts have taught my son and the opportunities he’s had as a result of his involvement. It also provides a great common language we use to hold him accountable.

      The leadership principles really do apply to all of us, even though many adults want to short cut them in the pursuit of “getting it all done.”

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