Why being an example makes a difference? The old saying says: “Walk what you talk”, in other words, does your life show what you talk about. It sounds philosophical however it is very practical and real. When followers discover that leader does not do what one talks about, they become disappointed and start sabotaging and rejecting the way of working that one proposes and expects.
Business applied meditation methodology has 5 minutes program for meditating on leading by example attitude. It is about initiating and growing an idea of being an example to others rather than someone who just controls and brings new ideas. It is about being able to handle stress, make tough decisions, precisely everything that is expected from employees to apply on their own skin.
This is not only about meditation but about thinking conceptually how to lead and why your own presence is so important. Life is not what you say it is what you demonstrate. In that sense, we can always remind ourselves how personal example makes a difference, which brings energy and motivation to others.
Those leaders who are capable of being an example for their employees are the ones who can get long-term projects done. This could be a formula for long life, otherwise one might have short success however in the long-term one might get abandoned or rejected from his/her followers.