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10 ways outstanding leaders can set outstanding examples

Posted by Janet Smith on March 19, 2009

Bosses absolutely must set an example for those they lead and oversee. Bosses with a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude create an unhealthy work environment full of mistrust and cynicism. Leaders with an elitist attitude may not pick up on the disdain employees feel for them, I can guarantee those feelings of anger and resentment are there. Loyalty and commitment from employees will be weak, and morale will be low.

Leaders frequently have opportunities and perks that are not afforded those in subordinate positions—and that’s appropriate. Among other things, these extras might include a company car or credit card, association memberships, occasional trips, long business lunches, or an office with a window. And these things are fine.

But when it comes down to the way people are treated and the way a person demonstrates integrity, there’s no special pass for the boss. The person in charge must always set an example by doing what is right.

Set an outstanding example for those you oversee by doing these ten things that outstanding leaders always do: 

  1. Start and end meetings on time.
  2. Express appreciation frequently.
  3. Say please and thank you.
  4. Give credit where credit is due.
  5. If an apology is called for…then apologize.
  6. Share as much job-related information as possible.
  7. Be honest, kind and compassionate.
  8. Pitch in and help when help is needed.
  9. Respect the privacy of others and don’t gossip.
  10. Do your part to keep the workplace neat, clean and organized.

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