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Week 21

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 21-04-2014

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Lead by Example

Often the most powerful way to communicate a new direction is through behaviour. When the top five or fifty people all live the change vision, employees will usually grasp it better than if there had been a hundred stories in the in-house newsletter. When they see top management acting out the vision a whole set of troublesome questions about credibility and game playing tends to evaporate. (Leading Change by John Kotter)

So, as a leader, can you share an example of a change that you have put in to place and not only asked your people for buy in but “live in” as in leading by example? How did you live the change and how did your people live the change? Through this change how did you communicate to your leadership team the importance of leading by example? Did you get push back, and if so, how did you deal with the push back? Also as a leader, what did you find the hardest part of living out the example (length of time it took to see results?)?  Lastly, did you monitor your team and if so how did you monitor them?