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Leading by example

Written By : Sun Fiji NEwsroom. There is the boss who tells everyone to clean out corruption and nepotism but goes on to abuse the system and appoint family members,
17 Jul 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji NEwsroom. There is the boss who tells everyone to clean out corruption and nepotism but goes on to abuse the system and appoint family members, friends and supporters to important positions.
There is the supervisor who demands respect for the rule of law but is appointed and makes other appointments in breach of the law.
And there is the CEO who preaches democracy and champions the workers’ right but turns to support the rape of democracy, the marginal treatment of workers and practices dictatorial rule.
There’s hardly anything worse for people morale than so called leaders who practice the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.
When this happens, you can almost see the loss of enthusiasm and goodwill among the people. It’s like watching air go out of a balloon. Cynicism and disappointment usually take its place.
No matter what the situation is, double standards, witnessing people say one thing and then doing another is betrayal.
If you are in a leadership position, then you should know that you have a responsibility to your people. They look to you for guidance and strength. That’s part of what being a leader is. And a big part of your responsibility is to lead them by your actions.
So why not “walk the talk” and lead by example rather resorting to rhetoric that has become hollow because of overuse?




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