Additionally, I can add value to others by being the role model. According to Maxwell (2004) people will be watching the leaders’ move and emulate what they see (p.42). Leading by example always has powerful impact on followers. One of the leaders I admire is Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania. During his career as president he led by example. Nyerere’s Arusha declaration of the 1967, he set a standard of behaviors for all Tanzania political leaders to follow. He lived what he taught. He was convinced that followers are always watching what a leader does. In my experience, however, it is often easier to teach what is right than to do what is right. Teaching others is easy, but living it is hard. This is one of the reasons why many preachers say, do what I say, not what I do. It is the fact that people always are confused with leaders who give good advice but set a bad example. In contrast, nothing is more convincing than leaders who give good advice and set a good example. As a leader the first thing I need to do is change myself before trying to improve others. My ethical standards should be higher for myself than those I set for other...
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...f life set the stage where one can discover his leadership purpose. However, it is not as easy as it sounds to discover one’s leadership purpose. It is through learning, mentoring and reflection one can discover his leadership purpose. When an effective leader discovers his/her leadership purpose, necessarily will have a set of values and principles derived from his convictions and beliefs. However, a leader will not know what are his or her values until are tested in forced circumstances or pressure. It is only when leadership values are put into action becomes leadership principles. All in all, leadership is a learning process. It is a life long process to grow as an authentic leader. No one is perfect as human being. Leaders have strengths and weaknesses. Thus, practicing values, and principles of leadership is essential for any leader to become authentic.
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