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Thank you for your support of Albuquerque-based Pluma Construction Systems. As you know, we provide a full suite of commercial construction services and residential remodeling. Built on a quality foundation of unwavering ethics and quality workmanship we created the Pluma Leadership Minute (heard on 770 KKOB-AM) as a way to share insights with influential people, like you!

Over the last 7 weeks we have reviewed leader characteristics such as Trust, Integrity, Persistence, Patience, Courage, Personal Responsibility, and Wisdom. Today we focus on Leading by example.

Have you noticed that every organization takes on the characteristics of its leadership? A Positive, can-do attitude and integrity from leadership sets the tone for the organization.

Anyone can be a leader, but a successful leader is one who inspires followers to achieve their full potential. 

A leader must accept that his or her success ultimately depends upon the people that they are leading. This means creating an environment conducive to individual and team goal success. What separates ordinary leaders from great leaders? Great leaders lead by example.

It is necessary to walk the talk. Become the role model people desire to follow. Set high standards of accountability for yourself and your behavior. Whatever you do will be watched and emulated. Do you want mediocracy from your team or excellence? Start by demanding excellence from yourself and your team will follow.

Knowledge is useless without application, which is why great leaders choose to lead with their actions and not just their words.

While actions speak louder than words, you still need to be conscientious of what you say. Words can have a significant impact on morale and enthusiasm. A few wrong words from a leader can have damaging effects and discourage a team. Motivate them, do not criticize. Your team is your most valuable asset.

When you hold yourself to a high standard, your team will look to gain your approval by doing the same. They will rise to your expectations of excellence, integrity, and respect. 

Do you inspire your employees to be the best they can be? Are you leading by example?

6 Benefits of Leading by Example

1. More Respect and Trust.

2. Higher Productivity.

3. Loyal Employees

4. Established Benchmark Standards

5. Commitment to the Organization.

6. Improved Communication.