When people ask me, “How can we build better leaders in our organization?” my first thought is: “Look in the mirror.” This is not a criticism but to start with what we have the most influence over – ourselves. There are many traits that make up great leadership, but the one that stands out the most for me is to lead by example.
Regardless of your political standing in an organization, people respect those who walk the talk. It’s not so easy though. If you want your people to trust each other, you need to ask “Am I demonstrating trusting my people?” You want a collaborative working environment? Ask yourself whether you are truly listening to others ideas or are you just paying lip service because you already know what you’re going to do.
There’s a place for authoritarian, strong leadership. Some of us just need to back off a little bit and watch those around us who want to make an impact.