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They’re Watching!

b2ap3_thumbnail_j0382684_20130117-161543_1I really don’t mean to sound so ominous but it’s the truth.  If you truly want to be a great leader, you must recognize the power of your thoughts and actions.  Nothing has more impact on your people because they are always (and, I do mean always) watching you.

They take their cues for how they should follow you by how you lead them through your demonstrated thoughts and actions.

Leaders don’t lead from the front, necessarily.  They lead by example and their physical positioning relative to the group they are leading has little to do with it.  Examples speak much louder than location.  Allow your examples to position you as a firmly in charge and caring leader.

Here are a dozen examples of what has been said about great leadership that support my point:


  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu


  • You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


  • The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree


  • A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte


  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell


  • He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle


  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy


  • You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey


  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell


  • The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn


  • A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur


  • If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou


And, my favorite (because it’s mine :<)):  Leadership is not about being out in front of the group with a great big title.  It’s being right in the middle of the group with a great big but disciplined heart.

If you noticed, you now have a baker’s dozen of ideas on how you can effectively lead because they’re watching!

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