The above outcomes of leading by example can be easily achieved and below are a few tips that a team leader can use. Bear in mind that if some of these things are not a habit, they could be written down and actively practiced on a daily basis:
Set the standards
1. Standards can be more than just the work you do or the output you team has. It should also be how you go about it. Be well presented – iron your shirts, polish your shoes etc, be on time (if not early), be enthusiastic – or act it, stand up for your own, teams’ and organisations values. There are many more ways, but start with checking how you currently set standards.
2. Ensure that any work or output you do is of the highest standard possible. Some call it the relentless pursuit of excellence. Check for spelling & grammar, get someone to give you feedback before finalising, do your own quality check i.e. would you be happy with presenting your work to the Queen? When team members see this standard of output and the effort their leader has put in, it will inspire them to also pursue excellence.
Treat all people with respect.
1. Show empathy when needed, be firm but fair as required. Aim to be approachable and create opportunities for your team to talk and share.
2. Showing commitment to see a task to the end while maintaining standards, putting in the extra time needed on occasion, and following through on what you say you are going to do. This will demonstrate to the outside world how you and your team are committed and your team will know that you have their back’s and will go the extra mile.
1. Ensure you conduct a session with your team to get a group consensus as to what your values should be, then make sure as the leader you uphold the values as though they are the 10 Commandments! Hold your team members accountable if they don’t display the values, and make sure your team hold you accountable also.
1. Linked closely to standards, you must be fair but steadfast and show courage to hold yourself and you team responsible for any behaviour which jeopardises your team or your task. Be consistent, show no favouritism and remember that behaviour, standards and values should be ‘bigger’ than any one individual.