Leading By Example Is Overrated

Food for Families 2009
Food for Families 2009

Wait.  That’s not right.  There are many things overrated. Leading by example is NOT one of them.

The story of Easter is an amazing one, whether you are a Christian or not.  There is no history book anywhere that disputes Jesus was executed.

As humans, we have daily opportunities to lead by example. Knowing how significant this is, my wife and I began volunteering at Food For Families in 1999.

It was a tradition we wanted to establish before we started a Family of our own.

Every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas morning, since 1999, we have been waking up early and serving others, before we celebrate these traditionally festive American holidays.

Today is no different.

Our son didn’t start getting out of our car until he was three.  Didn’t start carrying boxes until he was six.

Now, at nine, he carries boxes and interacts with the needy Families we encounter on these special mornings.

The most important part about leading by example?

Value-driven behaviors (not intentions).

Done consistently.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.