It must be complex. There are safety leadership courses and organizational leadership graduate degrees. There are leadership seminars and workshops. There are strategic plan templates and tactical hacks.
Maybe we’ve made it too complex.
Albert Schweitzer said, “The three most important ways to lead people are: By example, by example, by example.”
Schweitzer didn’t just say it, he lived it. As a youth, Albert studied music and religion, becoming a famous organist. At age 30, after seeing a need in French Equatorial Africa for better medical care, he returned to university for a medical degree. Albert and his wife opened a hospital a few years later, where Albert would serve until the age of 90. Rachel Carson dedicated “Silent Spring” to Albert and he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1978.
Schweitzer lived by example. No hacks, no tricks…just a daily ritual of doing asking himself “What can I do?” and finding a way to do it.
If you encourage education, do you also commit to lifelong learning?
If you encourage risk taking in business ventures, do you follow your own advice?
If you ascribe to a healthy lifestyle, how was your workout this morning?
How’s your example?