In all our talk about leadership understanding and skill, we often forget the most important type of leadership: lifestyle.
We lead by example; not just in work settings, but in the everyday choices of our daily lives. Your decisions and behaviors regarding your relationships, your finances, your time, and your possessions speak volumes about your real values. Do you preach reconciliation while hanging on to a grudge? Do you teach the importance of caring for the poor and needy while putting your own money toward maintaining a privileged lifestyle? Do you talk about taking time to rest and listen to God even as you burn the candle at both ends? Do you extol the importance of vision in your organization yet exhibit little of it in your personal life?
Your leadership starts with your own lifestyle. Do you practice what you preach?