Effective Leadership:

Influencing People

Leading by Example

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"Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing." ~ Albert Schweitzer

"Not the cry but the flight of the wild duck leads the flock to fly and to follow." ~ Chinese Proverb

Lead-by-Example Quotes


12 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

  1. Unwillingness to do what they would ask another to do, when occasion demands... More

12 Effective Leadership Roles

  • Lead by example; practice what you preach; set an example, and share risks or hardship... More

Corporate Vision and Mission Attitude Motivation Employee Empowerment Challenging Assumptions Leadership Challenge Model

Donald Trump's 5 Tips for Parents

  • Be an example. Children watch – and they will emulate what they see... More

10 Commandments of Innovation

Leadership Lessons by Xenophon

  • Leadership is done from in front. Never ask others to do what you, if challenged, would not be willing to do yourself... More

How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Set the example for how to live with eccentricity... More

Leadership and Management

  • Leaders are the first ones onto the battlefield; Managers are the last ones off. Both together triumph more... More

Leadership-Management Synergy

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Questioning

How To Achieve High Visibility In Your Target Market

10 Strategic Tips by Glenn Ebersole

  • Strategic Tip #5: DO commit to and become involved in the whole process. Highly visible people demonstrate their intentions with their actions. They “walk the talk.”... More

Demonstrating That What You Are Saying Is Important, Meaningful and Relevant Means

By: Paul Taffinder2

  • being around at significant events;

  • taking the time to talk to people, one-to-one in the places they work;

  • taking action to change things (processes, rules, regulations roles) that run counter to or that obstruct your intent or what you have promised;

  • behaving in accordance with the values you preach or support.

  Put Values First


10 Rules for Building a Great Business

  1. Believe in your vision and your business. Commit to it... More

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture for Innovation

Inspiring Culture: 5 Elements


Business BLISS

Balance – Leadership – Innovation – Synergy – Speed

Modeling the Way

As a leader, you must establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. You must create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow.

Thought Leader  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, you must set interim goals and provide direction so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives.

You must unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action, and create opportunities for victory.4

Inspirational Leader: 10 Roles

Case Studies Alexander The Great

Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia, was one of the most superb leaders of all time. He became king at the age of 19, when his father, Philip II, was assassinated. In the next 11 years, he conquered much of the known world, leading his armies against numerically superior forces. Yet, when he was at the height of his power, the master of the known world, the greatest ruler in history to that date, he would still draw his sword at the beginning of a battle and lead his men forward into the conflict. He insisted on leading by example. Alexander felt that he could not ask his men to risk their lives unless he was willing to demonstrate by his actions that he had complete confidence in the outcome. The sight of Alexander charging forward so excited and motivated his soldiers that no force on earth could stand before them.1

Selecting a New Corporate Leader

Lessons from Peter Drucker

3 Questions To Answer

... Third: Look for integrity. A leader sets an example, especially a strong leader. He or she is someone on whom people – especially younger people – in the organization model themselves... More

Leadership Attributes

 Great Lessons  Xenophon

Xenophon authored the first systematic book on leadership, two thousand years ago, and it is still one of the best. Xenophon was a general. His book 'Our Military Expedition to Persia' tells the story of the fight to return to the Black Sea against overwhelming odds. It is a story of courage, improvisation, and discipline, self-sacrifice, and above all leadership. Xenophon practiced leadership in a different time and a different place, but the lessons of his experiences, the principles or laws of integrity, commitment, duty and the others have eternal value.

The Greeks were superior fighters, both tactically and technologically. They knew how to fight as a team, and their swords and shields were uniquely adapted for their phalanx warfare. They also possessed the most salient edge of all: leadership. Xenophon, like all Greek commanders, led from the front; he was seen in the thick of combat, never flinching, always seeming to do the right thing. Historian Victor Davis Hanson attributes Xenophon's success to the superior Greek culture – not superior in a racial sense, but superior in the sense of what we today would call shared values, common purpose, and genuine leadership.5... More

 Great Lessons  Jack Welch

To spark others to perform, you must lead by example. Jack Welch mastery of the 4 E's of leadership – Energy, Energize, Edge, and Execution – was always in evidence.

"He had great energy, sparked others, had incredible competitive spirit, and had a record of execution that was second to none. This is a key of the Welch phenomenon. Had he been lacking in any of the traits he espoused, he would not have commanded such acclaim."

Though many at GE have been good at their jobs, and have been able to motivate and explain, but no one has Jack Welch's ardor. He was GE's number one cheerleader and called himself "the advertising manager of our company." He had the zeal and the optimism and a lexicon of a winning football coach: "exciting", "remarkable", "staggering", "incredible". These are the words Welch employed to describe one of the powerful enterprises in the world.6

As W. James McNerney Jr., head of GE Aircraft Engines, noted: "The excitement comes from within him and is extremely contagious. He's a tremendous motivator. He's excited and he gets you excited and you're always moving forward. He keeps it simple. The differentiator between GE and many other companies is that there are more people moving in the same direction and with the same enthusiasm. Jack might like this on his tombstone. 'I wasn't smarter that anyone else, but I helped 270,000 people make me look smarter than most.' "

The revolutionary massive changes introduced by Jack Welch worked. By the mid-1990s GE had become the strongest company in the United States and the most valuable company in the world, as measured in market capitalization.

Continuous Learning and Self-Development

Leadership isn't confined to the boardroom. Good leaders know their strengths and limitations, draw on others to face complex problems and are continually learning and developing themselves.

The Wheel of Personal Success

Transformational Leadership

The transformational leader encourages followers by acting as a role model, motivating through inspiration, stimulating intellectually, and giving individualized consideration for needs and goals. Transformational leaders are always visible and will stand up to be counted rather than hide behind their troops. They build trust and strengthen relationships. They stand firm against the winds of resistance and give their followers the courage to continue the quest. They show by their attitudes and actions how everyone else should behave. They also make continued efforts to motivate and rally their followers, constantly doing the rounds, listening, soothing and enthusing.3... More

Entrepreneurial Leader: 4 Attributes

Creating a Culture for Innovation

Leadership behavior is arguably the single most important factor in driving corporate culture.

Leadership is certainly a shared responsibility – not simply the role of a single senior executive. While Apple’s Steve Jobs is an example of a visionary, innovative individual who possesses inherent traits that inspire, motivate and create new value on an ongoing basis, it would be a poor strategy to pin an organization’s hopes of success on having such a person at the helm.

To succeed in the long term companies must foster the right kinds of innovation-focused skills with leaders who operate at various levels in the organization.... More

The True Leader

You can't tell a real dancer from the dance.

Similarly, you can't tell a real leader from his quest for positive change.

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."  – John Locke




  1. "Opportunities are Unlimited," Brian Tracy

  2. "The Leadership Crash Course," Paul Taffinder

  3. "Transformational Leadership," ChangingMinds.org

  4. "The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership." Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

  5. "Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders," John Baldoni

  6. "Jack Welch and the GE Way," Robert Slater

  7. 12 Leadership Roles, Vadim Kotelnikov

  8. SMART Leader, Vadim Kotelnikov

  9. Entrepreneurial Leadership, Vadim Kotelnikov

  10. 25 Lessons from Jack Welch, Vadim Kotelnikov

  11. 18 Lessons for Leaders, Colin Powell

  12. 20 Great Leadership Quotes



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