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I find it almost hilarious whenever leaders or so called leaders think that their actions don’t matter when they are leading people. One funny joke I heard some time back was about ten ‘copy-cats’ that were on a plane travelling to a certain destination. So a case was brought forward: There were ten of these ‘copy-cats’, one of them jumped off the plane so how many were left?
My initial first reaction was that nine of them because ten minus one is nine, right? Amazingly the correct answer is that none of the ‘copy-cats’ remained on the plane! Why? The other nine followed the example of the first ‘copy-cat’. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
“The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’” ~ Deuteronomy 20:8
As funny as that may sound it is exactly how leadership works. People rarely listen to what you say, especially because the majority of people are poor listeners anyway. People remember and follow what you do instead. That’s how much of an impact your actions have on other people, more so when you are a leader.
Since leadership is such a great responsibility it is therefore important to bring your ‘A’ game to the field all the time so that God can use you to make a positive impact on the people around you. Like the example above I’m sure you will realize that children are some of the biggest ‘copy-cats’ on the planet. Parents can yell and scream all they want to get them to do something but at the end of the day they just follow their parents’ example instead.
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are in a leadership position take the time to analyze what your actions are communicating to your followers. Are they having a positive impact or a negative one? This will not be a once off exercise but should be something you do on a regular basis.
If you find the positive things you are doing determine to do more of them. If there are actions that seem to be negatively affecting your team be sure to find ways to deal with them or ask another leader that can help you.
One of the books I can recommend you read is, “Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization” by the late John Wooden. It’s a truly amazing book by a man who had a standard of excellence and integrity that brought a lot of success in his basketball career both as player and coach.
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Be all you can be!