Do you realise you are leading by example, but is it a good example?
During recent workshops, Chris challenged some leaders to really think about what kind of examples they were setting. They were effectively always leading by example, but was it a good example or not?
It's not just about the example you are setting for others, but more importantly for yourself.
For some it might be going to the gym. For others it could be when they are face with a difficult challenge at work, or an uncomfortable conversation that needs to be had. By setting an example for yourself, it allows you to naturally and honestly set the example for others.
Whenever you find yourself being stuck, ask yourself, what would a would class leader do in this situation?
We are always leading by example.
Check your own Facebook feed, scrolling back through your own status updates, what kind of an example are you setting for others?
Paul talks about how previously his own twitter feed mentioned more about Apple products than it did about personal development!
Maybe you've experience a child that has mimicked you (sometimes with a little embarrassment!) it's because you have been setting an example, they have just followed your lead.
Is the example you're setting the one you'd like to be known for?
Where could you be a bit more mindful on what sort of example you are setting not just for others but your yourself?
Have a good hard look in the mirror, whatever that mirror might be:
Your Facebook status updates
Your Twitter feed
The emails you send
The conversations you have with your friends and family
Start making a list of things you would like to be discussing, or activities you'd like to be known for doing/talking about with your friends.
For example, how would you describe the day you've just had? What would you like that description to be like? Positive and engaging? Or whiny and negative? How would you prefer that sound when you are talking it through with friends?
By trying to be that person, you're taking the right steps to actually becoming that person.