Leaders must never expect from others anything more than they’re willing to deliver themselves. They should never expect higher levels of commitment, creativity, persistence, or patience than what they themselves manifest on a regular basis…and if you cannot say, ‘Follow me,’ to your followers – and mean it – then you’ve got a problem. A big one.
Here’s some actions the individuals in your organization should exemplify in their life…as they follow you:
- Follow me values
- Follow my integrity
- Follow my work ethic, my commitment, and my communication patterns
- Fight as I fight
- Focus as I focus
- Sacrifice as I sacrifice
- Love as I love
- Repent as I repent
- Admit wrong as I admit wrong
- Endure hardship as I endure hardship
When requisite actions back them up, these are the words that set followers’ hearts soaring.