2Leading By ExampleSetting examples as a leader isn't a hard task to do, and you just have to remember one thing...a leader is not just the person in charge…
3Why is it important?We are all leaders. We set examples for ourselves, our families, our colleagues, bosses and supervisors every single day.How can we expect others to do the right thing – if we don’t do it ourselves?There are actually many ways to lead by example it’s not about being the boss nor is it about being the first to volunteer.
4Why is this a principle of Behaviour Based Safety? Our behaviours are everything we do and everything we sayWe all agree that people should wear the correct PPE, report close calls, take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others, follow the correct procedures and respect other people…. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!How can we expect others to do the right thing – if we don’t do it ourselves?If we aren’t doing these things, how can we expect anyone else to?
5Do You Know Someone Who Does It? Think for a moment about someone you respectand trust.The person you are thinking of is not necessarily your line manager it could be your partner, friend, colleague, teacher, local football team manager….What do they do or say to make you think this way about them?Are they clear in their instructions?Do they support you and help you when you need it?Do they bring out the best in you?Do you feel they understand you?
6Are you doing it already? The answer is yesWe can’t help leading by exampleIt happens in spite of ourselvesThe question is though – what example are you leading with?Is it positive or negative?Leading by example negatively brings down morale and destroys communication and trust – and that’s just for starters!
7Remember… What does this mean to you? Positive If you see something not ‘correct’ and you improve the situation before walking away… people will see that you are setting a higher standard. They will see you leading by example.NegativeIf you see something not ‘correct’, and you choose to do nothing about it – what standard are you setting for other people?The standard you setis the one you walkaway from.
8So …. How to do it positively? Be confident of who you areDemonstrate what you believe in by giving others a positive exampleBuild trust by doing what you say you will doAsk questions, talk it through with your colleagues, check your understanding if you feel you are being asked to compromise what you believe inBuild solutions collaboratively and only say “no” to a request with evidence and an alternative suggestionWelcome feedback and ask for suggestions to improve
9…and… Be the leader you want someone else to be for you. Speak with respectTell people when they have done wellHelp people when things are going wrongKeep your promisesDo what you say you will doBe open when people come to youMake decisions
10So what did we learn? We are all leaders We set examples for ourselves, our families, our colleagues, bosses and supervisors every single dayWe can’t help leading by example - It happens in spite of ourselvesWe can event use the examples of others to learn how to lead by example!Positive examples are the most influentialLive by your values and what you believe in, and help others to do this for themselves