Shine Now! Magazine September/October Issue Issue 4 Volume 1 - Page 18

Being a Leader is more than having the title By: Catherine Storing I love, love this month’s theme of Leadership. Time and time again I see people who want to lead but do not follow their own advice. Imagine how difficult it is for employees who report to a leader when they don’t lead themselves? Yes, I said it. Leadership starts with oneself. Let me ask you something, have you ever had a boss you reported to who did not lead by example? Telling you to arrive on time when they were late or asking you to organize your desk when theirs was a total mess. The same goes with your style, especially when you are a leader. What did you say? You are too busy to put cute outfits together. Let me tell you this, you can’t afford not to look the part as you are leading people. Whether you have a job or own a company, it is important to keep your eyes on your next level, or your next promotion. Your direct reports should be doing the same. But, they won’t if they don’t see you leading by example. Do you want your career to take off? Want to surpass your sales goals? 18