Do as I say3 min read

I would like to share a disclaimer on something we need to be aware of as a leader of an organization. Many of us like to do things our way, and the longer we’re in business, the more we get ingrained in our habits. Understand that, first we make our habits, then our habits make us. Good and bad. Bad habits stick around just as good habits do. As an organization, you should be creating systems, structures, and solutions to have your business and organization run smoothly. You, as a leader, is guiding your team to do things by the book following the systems and structure that have been created. You also have your leaders of the different divisions, guiding your team to also follow the created systems and structure.

I was speaking to a business owner once of which he had a challenge with a particular individual on the team that wasn’t following protocol. He was telling me how frustrating it was and how he was explaining “You need to do it this way because this is how everyone does it.” Ironically, I knew that this leader wasn’t doing things himself, according to protocol. I simply asked, are you familiar with the statement; that life is a mirror? Of which he wasn’t. I shared that, usually what we put out is what we get back. I then asked, have you ever not followed the system and did it your way? He hastily replied, “That’s different. I’m the boss. Do as I say, not as I do.”  

I’m here to share with you it doesn’t quite work that way. We need to set the example as leaders of an organization. It’s not, do as I say, not as I do. It’s done as we all do because that’s the system that works.
We need to consistently set the example. The longer we’re in business, the longer we stand a chance that we may miss the little things we’re doing or not doing that could really sabotage the success of an organization. It’s up to us to be the leader and the example of following the system to show how it makes the organization and the business run smoothly.  

What’s the best way of making sure you stay on point? Get yourself a coach, a mentor, or an accountability partner that keeps you on point. Realize that your business is a direct reflection of you, the owner, good and bad. If anything’s going well in your business, it’s because you’re creating an organization, environment, and a team that is following protocol and delivering on all cylinders.

If things are going bad, we as leaders need to take 100% ownership and responsibility and realize that we created the bad. When we commit and take the ownership to address ourselves. That energy will parlay into our team and everything should move forward well. If you are one that consistently sets the example with full ownership and accountability, let me acknowledge you as an individual on your leadership. If you happen to be one of those, do as I say, not as I do, you might want to do a reality check into yourself to see why your business isn’t running on all 16 cylinders. Remember the ole saying, “the truth will set you free!” 

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice.