"Actions Speak Louder Than Words"
How often have we heard that kids will listen to what you say, but will do what they see you do? People that we lead may hear what we say and ask, but will model their actions based on what they see from us. Leaders are often told to lead by example, but what does that really mean? As a parent, teacher and leader, I have always tried to lead by example, but must admit that at times I have been guilty of not taking the time to set up the path to success.
- As a parent, I told my children numerous times, “Go clean your room…”
- As a teacher, I told my students numerous times, “Study for your test…”
- As a principal, I told my teachers numerous times, “Do what is best for your students…”
While all of these are good statements, taking the statement and providing concrete ways to success makes the difference in being an effective leader as opposed to an instruction giver. I happened to see a real life example of leadership in action last week while visiting Disneyworld.Read More