True leadership stands out in a crowd. Showing kindness, respect, and courtesy to others will not only change the way you feel, it will encourage those who interact with you.
Leaders worth following recognize the importance of following a code of behavior in everyday life. Whether you are in your leadership role or out in the general public there are some very specific areas to which a leader should pay attention.
- Courtesy: For instance, elderly people who may need your seat on the subway or a mother with a small child that could use a hand. As a leader, you are strong and capable these simple signs of respect and kindness can go a long way. Even the kind act of holding the door for someone can demonstrate attention to detail and respect. Leaders, build your command presence through courtesy and kindness.
- Politeness: I love the sound of Yes Ma’am and yes Sir. This clearly shows that you are comfortable and strong in yourself as a leader. Knowing how to be polite to others with whom you interact is a gift, those who respect themselves and have confidence have no problem showing politeness.
- Eye contact: Eye contact and smiling can be a very effective tool for communicating trust and establishing connection with your subordinates or the general public. You should make it a point to make eye contact with others throughout the day. A well-placed smile can make someone’s whole day. This is an awesome opportunity to let your leadership etiquette shine through.
I challenge you to show your leadership style and begin practicing these simple rules for behavior in everyday life. Strength and confidence are well demonstrated through leadership etiquette.