While visiting the old city of Lijiang, China, I ran into a man and his horse. The man had a business providing rides to children. Unfortunately, the man was asleep on the job.
While my kids didn’t have a chance to ride the horse, they did take away a good laugh. If you look back at the picture, you will notice the horse is also asleep.
For leaders, the horse serves as a good reminder. Namely, your team members are much more likely to do what you do than they are to do what you say.
If you want to be a great leader, the most important thing you can do is to model the right behavior.
Is there a place where you are asleep on the job? If so, be sure your team members are beginning to nod off too.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.