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I’ve had 13 different jobs over my working career, each of them with a different kind of boss. Some you could classify as leaders, some not so much.
Since I started working at 15 years old, you can say I’ve been learning leadership fr 17 years.
Fast forward several years and I was a business owner who had five people working for me, so I got a chance to put what I learned to the test. Small problem, I really hadn’t learned much!
During those years as a business owner and leader of a company, I went through a good amount of employee’s and if you did a survey, they would have say It’s because of me.
I would tell my employee’s to do this or don’t, I would ask them to do things I would never dream of doing myself. When I was asked or questioned about something, I would tell them to shut up because I was in charge.
Yeah, you probably would have quit too, I know I would have quit if I worked for me! Getting through that experience and many more over the years has made me realize one key point in regards to leadership: real leaders lead by example.
Enough leaders talk the talk
You’ve probably experienced this as least once in your life, a leader who talks bit but doesn’t back it up. You can see through these leaders immediately even though you might have to listen to them, you wouldn’t give them your 100% effort.
There are enough leaders out there that try to lead this way, we definitely don’t need anymore. If you have been guilty of being a talker then this is your wake up call, talk is cheap.
What we need are leaders who don’t even have to say a word because their actions speak volumes. We need leaders who understand what the idea of servant leadership really means.
Our Lord was the model of this, He didn’t talk about all the miracles He was going to perform or the good He would do, He did it and people followed! People still follow Him today because of the actions He took!
People follow action, not words
When I think about some of the greatest leaders the world has seen, all of them had one major quality in common: action.
When we look at history, the movements that changed the world were inspired by and inspired to take action.
When you as a leader take action first then give instruction, people will not only follow, they’ll give everything they have.
Are you that kind of leader?
As I said, too many leaders talk the talk, if you want people to follow, you got to lead with action.
We need more action
There are some great and amazing leaders out there right now, we are inspired by the action they take everyday.
However, with over 7 billion people in the world and counting, we need more strong leaders. We need leaders like Seth Godin, who understand that people follow action.
We need more leaders like Michael Hyatt who create products and services that help people improve their leadership.
We need you and more people than you know need you to step up and take action and lead by example. We need everyone and anyone who reads this post to step up and lead with action and by example.
So that’s my pitch, the rest is up to you, we need more strong, action based leaders, and I pray that you step up. The world needs you too!
Question: Do you lead by example? If you haven’t, will you?