Model The Way
“Titles are granted, but it’s your behavior that wins you respect. If you want to gain commitment and achieve the highest standards, you must be a model of the behavior that you expect of others.”
“To model effectively, you must first believe in something. As a leader, you are supposed to stand up for your beliefs, so you had better have some beliefs to stand up for. The first commitment you must make, then, is to find your voice by clarifying your personal values and the expressing them in a style that is authentically your own.”
“Eloquent speeches about your personal values are not nearly enough. Your deeds are far more important than your words when expressing how serious you are about what you say, and your words and deeds must be consistent.
“The personal-best projects we (Kouzes and Posner) heard about in our research were all distinguished by relentless effort, steadfastness, competence and attention to detail.
The Leadership Challenge Workbook by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner 2003 Jossey-Bass page 10.