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Leadership Trait: Endurance

Lead by example!  I’m sure we’ve all heard this adage before.  ‘Lead by example!’ isn’t a leadership trait, by the way; it’s a technique.  Leadership by example leads to exemplary leadership, and needs to be a subset of any leadership style you chose to use.

If you want your children to be studious, let them catch you being studious.  If you want your employees to be efficient, let them catch you being efficient.  If you want your spouse to be loving and dedicated, let them catch you being loving and dedicated.  Your time may be better spent doing things other than constructing widgets with the crew out on the floor.  However, you need to be doing those other things in the same manner as you want your crew constructing widgets.

Exemplifying the Leadership Trait of Endurance is no different.  In fact, it’s probably the most conspicuous, the most spontaneous trait followed by subordinates.  If you want your people to show up early and leave late, then you show up early and leave late.  If you want your people to work hard all day, then you work hard all day.

Knowing that the boss is going an extra step, or two is a great moral booster.  Working under the impression that the boss is not even running all the way up to the line is a great moral breaker.

Till next time, be followable, because you are.

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