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Lead By Example!

“If you can’t find a good role model, be one.” – Gale Anne Hurd 
The truth is, all that stands between you and your goals is problems, difficulties, obstacles, challenges, the market, the competition and the people. Your abilities to solve problems determine your success and failure in life. So, leadership is the ability to solve problems. Success is therefore the ability to solve problems. With bigger problems come greater responsibilities, greater income, greater influence and greater authority. How do you become a greater problem solver? By thinking about the solution. Focus on the solutions. When there’s a problem, most people immediately say who did it? Who’s to blame? Why did this happen? Then they become angry and depressed. But leaders don’t focus on this, they focus on the solution.
The more you think about the solutions the more creative you become. The more you think about what can we do now? What actions can we take now? Yes, this happened and it’s okay to have some background about it but you can’t change it. You can only change the present and influence the future, so, focus on the solution. Within every problem lies a solution to something even bigger. To every problem you have there is a lesson to learn if you open your mind and that can help you in future. Average people focus on what happened and who’s to blame and lose sight of the solution.
When you become a leader you have to raise your game. You have to raise a bar on your behaviour. Moral in the business always flows down from the top and doesn’t rise from the bottom. So, people want to admire their bosses. They want to admire their leaders and managers. As you work your way up, you can be casual, but you can’t be casual at the top. When you become a leader everyone is watching. They watch you from the corner of their eyes.  So, if you want people to be punctual, you must be punctual; if you want people to work on their top priorities, you must work on your top priorities. If you want others to treat each other well and with respect you must treat them well and with respect, you set the standard. Studies have revealed that being a role model is one of the qualities that the leader must have. Is like having children, your character has much more influence to them than what you are saying to them – Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly I cannot hear what you saying.” Your behaviour as a leader is therefore very key not just chasing big pay checks and company perks. Use your power to influence and lead by example.
Veli Ndaba is a leadership and Insightful Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro- Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of two books (You Are Born to Win and Your Dream is Calling You), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on veli@velindaba.co.za , www.velindaba.co.za and 083 304 9773

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