Leadership: Modeling Good Behavior
Category: Public Safety
Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Today’s tip is for everyone in public safety and it deals with modeling leadership every day.
You have an opportunity every day to demonstrate leadership by modeling the behavior that you expect from others.
What I’m going to tell you today is simple. You have an opportunity every day to demonstrate leadership by modeling the behavior that you expect from others. In your professional role, you probably interact with the public and with co-workers every day. Most of us don’t do our jobs alone and there always seems to be someone watching. I don’t need to tell you about all of the smartphone cameras and online videos. It is easy to see that how you conduct yourself is very important.
Each time you interact with a co-worker, subordinate, or member of the public, you have the chance to model the behavior you want to see. Be mindful of the words you use. Avoid vulgar and objectionable language. Make ethical decisions. Show empathy for others. Others will see you and look to you as an example.
And don’t stop when you leave work. Live your life with integrity. Others will see that your words and actions are in alignment. This lends credibility to you as an individual. It also adds credibility to your chosen profession.
You only wear a uniform for part of the week. But you can be a leader by modeling behavior all day every day.
That’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham, signing off.