Hello. Today, we're going to talk about leading by example. This is just really big because one of your first steps, one of the crucial things in becoming a leader is just developing the rapport with people. People need to really trust you because, remember, you're not selling a product, you're not selling an opportunity, you're not selling stuff to someone. The most important thing that you are selling to others is yourself, so you really need to build that credibility, and one of the big things with building that credibility is leading by example.
If you see me or you hear me talk about various strategies or techniques, it's something that I have done. It's something that I proven to be efficient as far providing value, as far as generating income, something that I have personally tested because that helps build my credibility. It helps me stand out as a leader that's just not going to take advantage of people. I practice what I preach, and that's one of the big things that you need to do as a leader, practicing what you preach. Your opportunity needs to be time-tested before you present it to others.
Another thing is, as you are teaching other people, as you're leading by example, you want to make sure that people understand exactly what you're teaching, what you're presenting because, remember, people think in many different ways. Some people think at a very slow place. Some people catch on and think on a much more rapid pace. You just need to understand, as a leader, that people think and process things at just various levels.
Don't take for granted, don't assume that somebody just understands what you're saying. You want to present it in a way that is very just detailed that is just broken down into small techniques, small strategy, small pieces that people can absorb so that they can easily digest it, easily absorb it, easily understand it. It'll just make that process less frustrating for them, and it makes it less frustrating for you because I know in the past, I've gotten frustrated because I just think really at a quick level. I've learned that people just don't always catch on to things the way that I do. Once I slow things down, it helped me become more patient with people, and it really helped people become more patient with me.
Understand also that, as a leader, when you're leading by example, there are many different ways to do a certain thing. If I talk about a strategy, if I talk about an opportunity, if you do the same, understand that is just one way of doing something. There are multiple ways to get to the same destination. You are just choosing a path that works best for you, and you need to explain to others that your strategy may work for them, but it doesn't mean that they have to do the exact same steps. You are building the concept for them. You are building the foundation so that you can stimulate the different thought process for them, and they may get to the exact same place, but just using a different way, and people need to understand that, that there are many different ways to get to the same outcome.
Also understand that as you're doing this you're doing this, you're helping them think outside the box. Just use, for example, you may drive to work, and you may have been at your job for the last 10 years. You're driving to work the same street, the same path every single day for the last 10 years. Does that mean that that's the only way to get there? What happens if those streets get shut down? What happens if there's an accident. Do you know the most efficient way to get around that? You probably do, but you need to translate that into your thought process when you are a leader, understand and teaching others to be creative, to think outside the box, to think outside of their comfort zone so that they know there are many different ways to get to the same outcome.
The other thing as far as leading by example, and I touched a little a bit upon it, is just being humble. Now, like I said before, I used to get a little frustrated when I would teach people. My mind was just thinking a million miles a second, and people just wouldn't catch on, and it got me frustrated. As I became more humble, as I understood that, hey, these people were where I was several years ago. They're starting out, they're trying to understand things, they're getting their feet wet, and just be humble because people don't have to follow you.
There are many leaders, there are many gurus out there that they can decide to follow. They have decided to choose you as someone to help them mentor, so be humble about that fact. Be humble that you have enough creativity, you have enough that's going on that makes you stand out, that makes you unique. Be humble with the people that are following you and understand that, and by doing that, you're going to be a lot more patient with people. As you become more patient with people, as you understand people more, people are just going to naturally gravitate towards you. It's because like I said in the beginning, you're not selling a product, you're not selling stuff, you're not selling an opportunity. You are selling yourself.
These are just couple of things that I wanted to talk about today as far as leading by example. Hopefully, that gave you a lot of value. Hopefully, that's helped you to think on just a deeper level so that you can move forward as far as your own journey to becoming the best leader that you can for the people that you're mentoring and for those that are following you. Until next time, take care.