Become A Role Model Leader

Okay, you’ve been leading for some time now. You got the lay of the land and you are feeling comfortable as a leader.

What’s next in leadership? The next step is to become a role model leader.

All leaders need a role model

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Because of your positional authority, you’re leading multiple people. Each person you’re leading is looking to you for something.

Whether that is guidance in what to do, how to handle difficult situations, or the best way to act, people are looking up to you. Now, it’s time to give them something to look up to.

It’s time you become a Role Model Leader.

How To Become A Role Model Leader

Those 3 words (Role Model Leader) can feel heavy. And they should.

As a leader, you carry a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. One of those being the fact you are now a role model for others.

Do People Count On You?

If you’re a leader, the answer to this question is: Yes, people count on you.

That’s a cornerstone of leadership. Your team needs to know you’re going to do what you say.

Who's counting on you?

However, we see many cases where leaders aren’t able to be counted on. They’ve left the building.

You’re not that kind of leader. Are you?

I don’t think so. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be actively seeking to improve your leadership skills.

People Are Counting On You

Whether or not you’re doing a good job, people are looking to you for guidance. They want to know you will be there when things hit the fan.

Why?

Because you’re in charge. You’ve stood up and said you want to be the one to show people the way.

And they responded.

They said they TRUST you. They BELIEVE in you. They want to FOLLOW you.

The Battle To Maintain Our Integrity

You’ve probably felt the battle raging within you. To hold onto your beliefs. To boldly proclaim and do what you feel is right.

The world is crying out around you to do that what they believe to be true. All the while trying to pull you to their side and strip away your integrity.

There’s a battle happening. The battle to maintain our integrity while living in a world that beckons us with the desires of others.

Months ago I wrote a blog post with quotes from Nelson Mandela. I also shared leadership quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While these posts received quite a bit of positive attention, there were also questions regarding the posts. Partially relating to maintaining your integrity while being told to tweet something one of these great men had said.

Leadership Insights: Interview With Bernard Haynes

Bernard Haynes

Bernard Haynes

Today I have the great pleasure of interview Bernard Haynes. He is the CEO of Lead To Impact and specializes in inspiring, coaching and training organizations and individuals with vision discovery, leadership development, spiritual renewal, life purpose and team empowerment. You can connect with Bernard at his blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.

1. Joseph Lalonde: Bernard, would you mind telling my readers a little about yourself? What you do, your hobbies, anything else you’d like them to know about you?

Bernard Haynes: I have been happily married for 16 years to my beautiful wife, Dana and we have 2 wonderful boys Jordan (15) and Jalen (6). I am a minister, writer, inspirational speaker and vision impact coach and CEO of Lead to Impact, a vision empowerment company. I currently work as National Sales Manager and Quality Manager for Rescue Technology, a company that distributes Technical Rescue Equipment.  I enjoy reading, playing board games, watching sports, inspiring people, listening to Jazz and working on my blog.