Archive for May, 2011

The Impact of Modeling Behavior

coaching 3We can change the way people view us and influence their behavior through role modeling. By modeling a more positive behavior and self-image, we can set examples for others. We can become the role model for the ideal leader or team member. We can be better role models in our families and communities. The benefit to us is an enhanced self-image.

Too often individuals believe they can improve their position of power among peers and feel better about themselves if they belittle others. By putting down others, they build themselves up – but only in their minds! Others observing such behavior have less repect for the “stronger” individual.

Ask yourself:

  • What image do you project to others?
  • What could you do to improve it?

Leading with Values

leadership-circle gray“Leadership is a reciprocal relationship between those who choose to lead and those who decide to follow.”   ~ Kouzes & Posner

Do you know anyone who called himself a leader,but hasn’t noticed that no one is following?

Have you observed a group who has self-selected their leader even though there is an individual who has been appointed leader but hasn’t earned their support?

Leadership is both a right and a privilege. If you have the ability to bring people together, step up to the opportunity. Having others trust you to lead the way is a privilege.

A key to successfully leading others is to recognize what they value. By aligning your leadership style to the values of others, you gain greater trust and support. If your values reflect their values and you lead with both your head and your heart, you will find that your followers will stay focused on the mission that brought you all together.

Continuously be mindful of the values they share and you will find success as a leader. By modeling this leadership awareness, others will learn to do so as well.