"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see."
-- Henry David Thoreau
[Classic post from 5-31-10]
I remember when I was a child, my mother being upset and yelling, "don't do as I do, do as I say!" Of course there were instances to back that up, such as telling me not to smoke cigarettes as they both had cigarettes burning in the ashtray. I didn't listen to them, but followed their example. This, of course, was true for many things that I ended up doing that I "shouldn't."
Then, later in life as a manager, I would sometimes find myself saying one thing and doing another. It is a serious challenge to lead by example, but it is the thing that leads the best.
One last thing about this: be easy on yourself. I keep trying to do my best to lead by example and celebrate the successes. Enjoying the journey is far more important.
What I Do Speaks Louder Than What I Say.
Spread Some Joy Today--If your goal is always joy, leading by example is easy.