Leading by Example: 7 Ways to be a Good Role Model for Your Team

Have you ever snapped at a team member and said something you regret? We’ve all wished we could go back and swallow words like these.

When was the last time you praised a team member for doing an awesome job?

As a CEO, the effect you have on your team is greater than you think. Never underestimate the impact of your words and actions! 

And whether you like it or not, your team culture comes from you. They notice all the times you set a good example – and all the times you don’t.

We all know the ever-famous saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” But how often do you “walk the talk?” Do you lead by example? 

I’m not here to bring up memories so you feel shame, or criticize yourself for holes in your leadership skills. I’m here to show you a path to make sure these not-so-proud moments don’t happen again. 

So here are 7 ways to be an excellent role model for your team, setting the bar high for a positive team culture. 


1. Be a Positive Thinker

Make no mistake: I’m not telling you to face bad days by slapping on a fake smile, or a “get over it” attitude. But if you can show calmness and strength during challenging times, your team will see it.

And when they see it from you, they’ll start to follow your example. Being a positive thinker is contagious. It makes a team stronger and more resilient when those inevitable problems arise in the workplace.


2. Be Confident, Not Arrogant

Many, many entrepreneurs make this mistake. The ability to differentiate confidence with arrogance goes a long way. 

A good role model exhibits confidence – that self-belief to step up and become a better version of yourself. 

You made a mistake? Be confident enough to own up and correct it. 

Does someone need help from the team? Have the courage to train a team member and lead the way. 

Having confidence in yourself encourages others to believe that they CAN too.


3. Earn Trust and Respect – Don’t Demand Them

Trust and respect are not given. They’re earned. 

Just because you’re the boss, you don’t get a special ticket to break the rules. You’re not exempt. Make it clear that rules apply to everyone…no matter their title.

  • If you want your team to be on time, be on time. 
  • If you want honesty from your team, be honest and transparent with them. 
  • If you want to be respected, treat your team with respect and integrity. It goes both ways. 

Your team always notices if you’re taking someone for granted, not showing gratitude, or giving yourself “special treatment.” So always be sure your behavior is above board, to set the tone for everyone else. 


4. Turn Mistakes Into Growth Opportunities

Let’s face it. No one’s perfect. You’ll have to accept the fact that anyone from your team can make a mistake anytime.

But once mistakes are made, let them be a lesson for everyone. It’s all part of learning. Encourage your team to do better and become better. 

Here are some ways to show your team there’s always room for growth: 

  • Take an online course
  • Join a webinar
  • Give them book recommendations

Show them that you value continued learning by helping them to grow as individuals too.


5. Communicate with Your Team

Do you have good communication habits in place?

One thing’s for sure. Good team communication isn’t only about talking. It also comes with listening. Team members who are heard in the workplace are five times more likely to feel motivated and empowered to work.

And as you lead them, facilitate a good communication in the workplace. Keep everyone involved, clearly deliver your message, give your team a chance to voice their concerns. These practices build trust and strengthen your relationship with your team.


6. Offer Support and Encouragement

Anyone can have a bad day. It can be work-related or personal-related, so offer support and encouragement as much as you can. 

Personal issues at home (whether that’s mental or physical health, conflict, or any other issue) can affect your team’s performance. 

The difference between a strong leader and an average leader is letting them know you care. 

Show your team you’re there for them – ready and waiting to give support when needed. Support comes in different forms. You can create policies such as an open door policy, time off pay, performance bonuses, and more. This supportive workplace environment will establish loyal team members and a community that lifts each other up too. 


7.  Be Patient!

You can’t expect your team to be the best or perfect in a snap.

As a leader, you need to lead by example. How can you expect your team to improve or change if you’re not ready to do the same?

It’s a two-way street. Be a good example,  implement these tips in this post, and your team will follow through. This encourages them to do their best, which positively impacts the company as a whole.

If you’re ready to take your leadership role to the next level, I highly recommend you to join “Delegate to Elevate”. This workshop will help you learn to delegate as a strong leader. To let your team handle the day-to-day tasks, so you’re free to be your best CEO self. 

Get all the details here! 

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