How Do Great Leaders Set An Example for Others to Follow?

Two weeks ago, we saw how a Great Leader can influence the life of a person without ever realizing that he/she had done so. Shortly thereafter, I ran across an article which began with the premise that a leader is anyone that other people choose to emulate; and, is someone who embraces the role.

Great Leaders want to be given the opportunity to lead; in fact, they thrive in leadership roles. They recognize that their behavior, their habits, their mindset serve as examples that others will choose to aspire to. How do they do this?

  • They maintain a positive attitude – While some see the glass as half empty, Great Leaders see the glass to be half full; and, they know that they got the very best in the glass.
  • They work toward a common goal with confidence – Great Leaders believe in the goals that have been set. They work toward those goals with confidence that the goal will be reached
  • They have faith in the team that they have the privilege of leading – Great Leaders have as much faith in the team as they believe in the goal. For the Great Leader, there is no doubt that the team can work together and achieve outstanding results. Great Leaders believe in the team and know that it will reach and surpass the goal.
  • They inspire the team – through their own confidence and faith, Great Leaders inspire others to reach for the moon and the stars; to believe that they can reach the goal, no matter how lofty it might be.

Aware that others are always watching them, Great Leaders are mindful of their own behaviors and attitudes seeking always to ensure that they are worthy of emulation. They make certain that they project only the positive traits so that others will choose to follow in their footsteps.

Who are the Great Leaders who have inspired you? Think back and you will recognize them. Click “Comment” to share your experience.

Tom Hoisington is a speaker, trainer, and author whose goal is to provide leaders and potential leaders with tools that empower them to build teams that are creative and cost effective along with a clearer understanding of how personality types interact within those teams. He can be contacted at

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