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Every leader, no matter what their position, should be doing each of three key actions. They should be setting a good example, delegating responsibility, and taking responsibility.
Setting a good example as a leader can be so powerful and effective. As you seek to become a better leader you want to make sure that the example that you are setting is one that you want others to emulate. When you set a good example for others to follow, you inspire people, and instill in them whatever key values you are living out. People want to follow someone they look up to and respect, and if you do not set a good example, then you will lose the respect of those you are trying to lead.
When you are trying to start setting a good example, you do not need to do some huge kind of transformational leadership change, you should just start by thinking of a few important ideals or values you want to start following. Then, work on a few more once you begin to live out the first of your values. Eventually, you will be setting a fine example for others to follow. But remember, none of us here on earth is perfect, so you might struggle at times, but God can help you so rely on Him.
Delegating responsibility is the next key action you should take. You have to realize that you can’t do everything. If you try to, you will soon become burned out and depressed. So work on sharing certain tasks and leadership positions with others. In doing this you will help yourself, and also help build up other people’s leadership experience. Think through the areas of your life and responsibility and see if there are areas that you could pass off to someone else who is better gifted to do those thigns.
Finally, the last action you must do is take responsibility. You are the one who must take the heat when something goes amiss, you must be the one who answers when questions arise, you must be the one who takes the blame. It can be easy to want to shirk the blame or pass it off when things do not go well, especially when you weren’t directly the one who messed up. But, as a leader you are the one in charge and need to be willing to accept responsibility when things go wrong and pass out the praise when things go well. Those above you will probably recognize you for the success but either way you need to be the person who is encouraging others.
There are lots of other characteristics a leader could or should have, but these are three key actions that you can use today to start leading others better.