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Leadership by example.

Leader by Example – Impactful Leadership Story

I love leaders who lead by example. They are easy to follow and their lessons are so much more meaningful and impactful than leaders that just tell you what to do.

Here is a great leadership story of a leader by example.

Over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of tired and battled weary soldiers. They were digging what appeared to be an important defensive position.

The leader of the group wasn’t making any effort to help. He just shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed within the hour.

“Why aren’t you helping?” the stranger asked on horseback.

“I’m in charge! The men do as I tell them,” said the leader. He added “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”

To the mean leader’s surprise the stranger got off his horse and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before he left the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the confused leader.

“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” the stranger said.

Up close, the now humbled leader recognized General George Washington and was taught a lesson he would never forget!

I love leaders that are willing to dig with the team. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have such leaders. I can remember on several occasions a manager of mine working late with me on projects. He could have gone home, but chose to help me instead.

I learned several important things from those leaders. One was that they cared. They weren’t just order “barkers,” but order helpers as well. My respect and trust for those leaders was off the charts. I was very loyal to them as a result.

Have you been blessed enough to have such leaders in your life? We would love to hear your stories. Please share.

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  • http://www.experis.com Joanie Cameron

    Excellent example of Leadership. I only wish all were like that.

  • http://www.teamworkandleadership.com Mike Rogers

    I agree Joanie. But the good news is there are a number of them that are : )
    mike

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  • http://www.signsandsymptomsofmesothelioma.com Brett Simpson

    Good morning
    very nice blog ! Excellent work.
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  • http://www.openthemeeting.com Mike Rogers

    Thanks Brett!

  • Christian Plehiers

    Great bolg Mike!
    Story about General Washington is a good example of leading/teaching by example. I had the privilige to serve in a army rifle company for a number of years. As a young man you are always captivated about great military leaders and herotic act of a soldiers. After i left the military service and retrain myslef with a new skill, working tru the corporate lather i tried to find to same kind of leardership in the corporate world. It took me a long time to understand that leadership in the military and the corporate world are the same but under very different curcumstance therefore the paralells are hard to make. You do NOT find many iconic leadership storie from the corporate world that are as inspiring (making great products or a lots of money vs committing action that win a battle and save soldiers lifes). As far as my understanding of history,George Washington was a great generals and great president but if he only had simply been a President of the United State and not the commanding General of the Continental army if his fame of being a great leader would have been the same.
    Mike, what are your thought on this comparison?

  • http://www.teamworkandleadership.com Mike Rogers

    Hi Christian,
    I think it is a fair comparison. I would say the same goes for religious leadership vs. corporate leadership as well. I have seen very inspiring stories around religious leadership as well. And I would agree that George Washington is a much more inspiring leader due to his ability to lead his army and troops under great adversity. There were a number of great leaders and stories from those times. Very inspiring due to the adversity they were able to lead others through.
    Mike

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