I believe that this is something we all "intrinsically" know but don't like to acknowledge as leaders. The reason for this is that we would then have to admit that perhaps what we see on our team is a reflection of the example we are setting.
Leadership For All To See
The reality is that leadership never occurs in a vacuum. From the President, CEO or Executive Leadership Team down to front line managers or supervisors the character and culture of a company is a reflection the sum of its leadership behaviours both good and bad.
What Do Your Choices Communicate?
As people we are highly tuned to the "double standard" of do as I say not as I do. You may have noticed this concept has framed a large part of the dialogue in the U.S. election cycle this year! I see it every time I fly WestJet when I see pilots and crew prep aircraft on a connecting flight. I read on social media of the siting’s of WestJet executives showing up on flights and helping out with aircraft prep as well. Is it any wonder then, that every Christmas I expect to see something novel thought up by WestJet staff to make the season a bit more special for clients?
Positional & Relational Influence
By the way you have influence even if you don't have an official leadership title. There are those who influence because they care about the folks on their team. One of the most respected men on a crew I worked with had a position in the area that all the new guys started at. He saw it as his job to mentor them and set them up for success. He liked the role he had made for himself and everyone one on that crew had been trained by him and respected what he had to say.
What Are Your Decision Priorities?
Whether you are a front line supervisor or a CEO know that your action or inaction when confronted with an issue is being watched closely by those who report to you or work with you. Do you act in their best interests? Do you act in accordance with the company's best interests? Or do you act in your own best interests? Performance Leadership - Think About It!