Lead By Example, Not By Title

Leadership is not about titles, coercion, manipulation or force.

Good leaders inspire people to work hard. Great leaders inspire people to do their absolute best.

In a start-up with limited funds and small teams, it’s critical that people do their absolute best. Anything less is economic suicide.

As a leader, how can you inspire your team to do its best?

  • Lead by example at all times. You’re not a true leader merely because of your title.
  • Never stop learning – do whatever it takes to become a better leader.
  • Use the right words. What you say – and how you say it – as a leader always matters.
  • Appreciate differences. Use people’s differences as a source of strength for the team.
  • Motivate yourself. You cannot motivate others unless you motivate yourself.
  • Collaborate with your team to innovate instead of pushing ideas on them.
  • Empower people around you to succeed – give them responsibility and authority.
  • Treat others with compassion and respect. Don’t just tell them they are important. Show them.
  • Promote a collaborative culture where everyone is a leader.

Great leaders inspire everyone on their team, regardless of title, to follow these principles.


  • As the leader of my start up I appreciate your advice. I try hard to lead with my heart and motivate myself as I did in the Army. I found your blog from BizSugar and would like to invite you to share your blog and articles on The Writers Social as you do with them, I belive our members would benefit from your advice.
    Thank you

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