Practice what you preach

I do believe that in order to be a good leader, you must be brave. It can be difficult to go against the grain or to insist on change. If as a leader you are stressing the importance of being on time, it is important that you show up to meetings on time. If you as a leader are stressing the importance of teamwork, it is important that you are modeling a team approach. If you as a leader are trying to hold people accountable for their actions, then it is important that you are also holding yourself accountable. If as a leader you are stressing the importance of loving one another, then you as a leader must exemplify love through words and actions. Jesus was a wonderful example of what it means to be a good leader and he spent his last few years on Earth providing example after example of how we should act if we want to follow him.

Perhaps some of you might be saying, “I am not a leader. No one is following me.” But I would argue that regardless of what our individual situations are at work or home, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to lead by example. By practicing what we believe, we are providing examples of good behavior to anyone who is paying attention. While we do not read about the “Do, Be, Say” approach in the Gospel, I believe throughout his lifetime, Jesus practiced it and I would encourage us as his followers to do the same. Let’s be brave.

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