My idea of a good leader is someone who is caring, nurturing, and an excellent listener. They also want and encourage people to be their own, unique best selves. This leader knows that anyone imitating another signifies weakness of character and a troubled person.
All good leaders are role models to those around them, influencing the behavior of others, including their inner circle. Not because they choose to be but because they are authentic in all aspects.
Whether front and center or working behind the scenes, an outstanding leader’s influence is everywhere. Water runs downhill, and a leader’s influence manifests within their inner circle for good or bad. And through them, it ripples throughout any organization, large or small.
Wise leaders know their power, even if they believe it is hidden or invisible. Their encouraging or destructive words and behaviors exert a powerful force on every follower.
Organizations are like families, where behaviors are well known by those within them. Faking authenticity is useless. On the other hand, everyone will know if a leader is open, vulnerable, and honest. And, there is a strong likelihood they will want this for others. There is no higher calling for a leader than setting a positive example through their words and behavior while assisting others to become their own true selves.
If I lead, I teach—My influence telling too—I, a role model.