Six Leadership Tips for Setting the Example

By Ty Hall

In order to be an effective leader, you must be able to influence those under you. Otherwise, there is no action to your leadership abilities. You’ll never have the respect of your subordinates if you say one thing and act another. You must set the example, no matter how difficult it may seem. This is how it’s done.

  1. Establish a clear vision.

Effective leaders know how and where they are leading the people who follow them. It’s imperative to set a clear vision for where you want to go, both for the organization as a whole and the individuals. If you haven’t established a vision for reaching the goals you wish, there is no way to lead effectively.

  1. Provide direction and chip in.

If an employee is failing at a certain project, offer your expertise in that area by giving suggestions and direction. An effective leader knows how to get the work done, and sets the example for struggling employees by doing it. Being a leader does not exempt you from the heavy lifting. If an employee is bogged down, happily offer your help. Servant leadership is one of the best examples you can set for your employees.

  1. Maintain communication.

Maintaining open lines of communication from the top down is one of the most important rules for effective communication. When the vision is established, leaders must direct their employees in the right direction, and the only way that’s possible is through communication. Share ideas across the organization and offer feedback as often as possible.

  1. Listen.

Another key component in communication is listening. Communication isn’t a one-way road, and listening is half the equation. Effective leadership cannot exist if it is not open to the ideas and suggestions of those it leads. Set the example here by making yourself accessible to employees. Make sure you clarify any questions or concerns when they are brought up to eliminate as much risk for miscommunication as possible.

  1. Command your employees’ attention.

When those you lead respect you, they will automatically give you their attention. One of the best ways to keep attention is to refrain from unimportant interactions, such as constantly joking or always being away from the office.

  1. Always be visible.

Let your employees actually see your work ethic by being visible. There’s absolutely no way to set a good example if no one sees what you’re doing.

Setting the example sets effective leadership apart from mediocre leadership. Be a part of your employees’ work lives—without micromanaging—and let them see how the job should be done, instead if simply iterating your expectations. No one likes double standards, and effective leadership doesn’t set them.

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