Leading by example is one of the easiest and most effective ways to guide the actions of your team. Your actions are not just your actions; they set the tone for your team’s mood and productivity. Here are tips to use your actions to set the standard for a productive and efficient work environment for your team.

Be Punctual 

As a leader, your punctuality is very important. If you’re constantly running late, that can lead your team to think you don’t care about punctuality, so they won’t put in an effort to arrive on time or promptly turn in assignments, too. A team can’t be fully productive if they are constantly running behind.


Communication is very important in a team, and as a leader it is your responsibility to set the communication standard. A team that cannot communicate efficiently cannot work efficiently. Promptly respond to emails and return calls; your team will take notice and begin doing the same among themselves.

Follow Through on Promises

Follow-through is another important aspect of leadership by example. If you don’t follow through on promises to your team, it chips away at the team’s sense of accountability. If you say you’re going to do something, do it and your team will be more inclined to follow suit.  

Dress Well

If your company’s dress code is business professional, and you’re constantly dressed as business casual, your team is going to want to dress business casual, too. Just because you’re a leader doesn’t mean you’re above company policies, and it’s nearly impossible to enforce policies you don’t follow. Dress the part, and set a good example for your team.

There are many ways to lead a successful team, and leading by example can be extremely effective. As a leader, you set the standard for everything from productivity to dress, so be sure you’re setting a high standard in these areas to help your team become and stay successful.