A great story of Mahatma Gandhi outlines this. At the point when Gandhi was more seasoned (older), he was popular all over India. Individuals would arrange for quite a long time just to request for his approval or make one inquiry. He generally gave a shrewd, well mannered, and empowering answer. One time, a mother brought her youngster. She had been held up hours. She requested that Gandhi advise her kid to quit eating sweets since they were destroying his teeth. Gandhi requesting her to return after two weeks, and he would do it. Everybody was stunned – he had never done anything like that.
After two weeks, the mother returned and Gandhi swayed his finger and said to the young man, “Stop eating sweets! They destroy your teeth.” The lady expressed gratitude toward him and after that said, “In the event that I may ask, Gandhi, why didn’t you simply say this two weeks back.”
Gandhi grinned and replied, “Two weeks back, I was all the while eating sweets!”
Knowing Gandhi, he likely never ate another sweet for whatever remains of his life. That is walking one’s talk.
One of the main characters of trans-formational leaders is the character of being a role model whose followers can emulate his actions and behavior.
“To walk one’s talk” is to live with integrity. Whatever one’s own talk is – whatever we believe and say – we do what we say. People don’t like associating with hypocrites. Especially, in the event that you a hold a place of authority or a leadership position, followers need to realize that you’re not only a cluster of words. They need to be guaranteed that what you talk, you walk.
One of the best description of a true leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
On to the biblical perspective, advice is given not to “preach water and drink wine” instead. A blessing is given to the sons and most probably the offspring of anyone who walks in his integrity.
World English Bible
A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
Wondering why you have not been making much progress in your company? Well, embrace the art of “walking the talk’ and the results shall be outstanding. Let your workers see you implement your words and rules at first even before they start practicing them.Lead by example, show moral courage, integrity, discipline, respect, loyalty and selfless commitment if that is what you expect in your colleagues. If you don’t show this for yourself, how can you ever expect your staff to show it to you?
Of what importance will leading by example and walking the talk have?
- Your employees will be much psyched up for their jobs and even much motivated
- The productivity of your company will obviously increase as everyone is working hard (you as the leader inclusive) towards achieving the best
- Employees get to value and respect you for you gain your own personal dignity when you lead by example
- Everyone gets to love what they do even more. You become more proud of what you do and the position you hold in your organization
Am pretty sure you now agree with me that nothing manufactures and maintains credibility like a manager who shows others how its done. Whether you set aside the opportunity to talk with new workers in their own offices and working areas, assist with a mailing, or are the first to ask the hard inquiries, you alone are responsible for setting company standards and expectations
How then do you lead by example:Take note of the following values;
- Be responsible for your undertakings
- Communication is the best way of expression.Be free to share and listen from your employees
- Share rewards and any gifts acquired by the company.It makes every employee feel proud and part of your company
- Integrity cannot be under-estimated. Let cases of corruption be unheard of, as this can reduce your company to zero in a matter of minutes
- Let your employees know your mission and the goal of your company.Let them now of what is expected of them, their roles and duties
- Time management affects most employers.We always expect our employees to be on time in arrival, for meetings and events and yet we arrive minutes later. Well this is one key issue that when solved, its impact is overwhelming.
- Do not be afraid to praise. Being the supervisor doesn’t imply that you ought to withhold positive criticism. Everybody needs a congratulatory gesture from time to time, not only your star entertainers. The more you give out gold stars, the more you’ll notice inspired representatives who proceed do great work and perceive each other’s esteem.
The following is a list of quotes from various leaders who have walked the talk and led by example.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Lead me follow me or get the hell out of my way!
A leader leads by example, not by force.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
John C. Maxwell
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes…but no plans.
Theodore M. Hesburgh
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. you can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Be sure you’re right…then go ahead!
The real leader has no need to lead, he is content to point the way.
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Harvey S. Firestone
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss…The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Dennis A. Peer
One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.