Early in my career, I had the privilege to work for a couple of companies that believed in lifelong learning and training. I attended over 100 leadership seminars and conferences. Many of these programs talked about “leading by example.” I asked myself, “What do they really mean by that?” While each course provided an overload of helpful leadership strategies, none of the trainers or facilitators really ever specifically said, “Here’s what it means in detail…” So I made it a quest to learn and define it.
Over time, I noticed that managers often had a glazed look in their eyes when I would say to “lead by example.” The phrase had become a platitude, like “communicate better.” I added discussions in leadership meetings and coaching sessions, to hear from others and find out what they thought it meant. Eventually I made a list of traits I had learned from those experiences. Below are those traits. Why not use this list to check […]