Don’t ask someone to do what you are not willing to do yourself, lead the way.
It is after we have tried, failed, stood back up and then succeeded, that we can ask others to follow. We should never be willing to ask someone to do something that we aren’t ourselves willing to do or try. Their time, and their life, is just as valuable as ours.
Leaders who lead by example are much better than those who just pay lip service. Their teams know that when the chips are down their leader will roll up his or her sleeves and get right in the trenches with them. They know they can rely on them and that they are understood.
We also need to lead by example every day in our personal lives. We need to lead a life that clearly shows what is right from what is wrong so our children, our family, friends and those who just merely observe us have no doubt about the type of path we walk.
Others, including our children, may try to pull us off path but this is when we must hold true to ourselves, our faith, our morals, and continue to lead by example. In the end, it isn’t what you did that is remembered, it is the way you lived, and how you treated others that will be remembered. This is our legacy.
Think of the type of leader you’d like to be and how you want the world to see you, and then go ahead, lead the way.