Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Truth About Leadership: Post #9
Truth Eight: You Either Lead by Example or Don’t Lead at All. The Marine Corps drums this into your head from day one so I was happy to see this among the Kouzes and Posner “truths.” I like the DWYSYWD acronym the authors use. Read the book to find out what it means. A hint: walk the talk! Keep your promises, and if you give people something crappy to do, be the first to bring a shovel and get your hands dirty. Nothing builds credibility faster. On the other hand, nothing loses it quicker than telling others to do something you’d never do. And, should you make a mistake—rather WHEN you make a mistake—admit it, fix it and work at not making the same one again. Leaders aren’t perfect but should be very intentional about improving.