Day 4 – People follow what you do – not what you say

Oct 6, 2016

Inspirational motivational quote. You are what you do not what you say you'll do. Simple trendy design.

21 Days of Leadership

There is a truth in parenting that our kids are paying WAY more attention to our actions than our words.

We can tell them that they are spending too much time on their electronics, but if we never put our phones down our words are meaningless.

We can ask them to be respectful with their words, but if we yell at the person who cuts us off in traffic they will do the same.

There have been many times when my girls do something that I told them not to do, but the hard truth is that they are doing it because they see me doing it too! Ouch.

The same is true in leadership – people will follow what you DO, not what you SAY.

Don’t ask your team to get things done in a timely manner if you are always late with your own work.

Don’t ask your clients to go the extra mile if you are always looking for the shortcut.

Don’t ask the people around you to have a positive attitude if you show up frustrated, panicked or grumpy.

Words have power. But actions speak the truth.

The right words might bring people to you – might pique their interest and get them excited about possibilities – but it is your actions that will determine if they stick around.

At the end of the day what people are paying attention to is what you DO, not what you say you are going to do.

If you aren’t seeing the results you want from the people around you (your team or clients) you need to ask yourself.

Are my actions aligned with my words? Am I keeping my promises?

Am I showing up as the best example of what is possible for my clients? My team?

Where do I need to step it up? (and yes, we all need to step it up at times)

Your actions will always speak louder than words.

What are they saying about you?

I’m gathering together a group of women for my new LEAD Mastermind – where we are going to explore this and the other facets of leadership. Message me if you are curious to learn more.


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