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Preston Vander Ven
Preston Vander Ven 26 May 2016

Setting the Example

The most persuasive leadership skill is the personal example of a leader. A good leader sets a positive example in these ways....

The most persuasive leadership skill is the personal example of a leader. A good leader sets a positive example in these ways.

  • Keeping a positive attitude 
    A positive attitude is vital as an example to other group members. The leader’s personal frustration or discouragement should never be shown be apparent. Failure should be considered a potential learning experience. Enthusiasm is very contagious.
     
  • Following Instructions  
    Just cause your the leader doesn’t mean your always in charge. Following instructions, obeying the law, and carrying out tasks in the recommended manner points out that rules and procedures are important.  Your actions are always being watched.
     
  • Trying Hard  
    A Leader must work as hard as – if not harder than – any member of the group.  Leadership by direction in NOT as effective as leadership by example
     
  • Showing Initiative
    A good leader must do what has to be done without waiting to be told or forced to act.  Yet, an effective leader still respects the good suggestions of the group and encourages each of them to show initiative.
     
  • Knowing the job
    Generally, a leader should have a mastery of the skills to be used.  If not, the leader must apply the resources of the group toward accomplishing the task at hand.
     
  • Acting with maturity
    An effecting leader shows good judgment. The group members see that the person’s personal behavior is directed toward accomplishing the task.

Role models and Mentors are important in life. We often will copy the actions and behaviors of leaders we like or admire. This goes mostly with our youth.  Yet, most people, maybe without realizing it, will literally walk, talk, and act as the example set by their mentor.  Sometimes the only person someone may have to follow is a star on a Sitcom.

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