Influencing Through Role Modeling
For the last couple of weeks I have debated whether I should write this post or not. I feel the topic of role modeling is important but writing about myself in this manner seems arrogant. The topic won out and I decided to write the post. Please understand my intent is to illustrate how role modeling can influence people, not brag or pat myself on my back.
Over the last few months, I have posted blogs about my own continuous improvement that have been inspired by others. Some of the topics have been reflection, stand-up desk, and personal kanban (here and here). I tried some of these things out to improve and change my work. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was role modeling behaviors of continuous improvement that others at work were noticing.
People started asking me about things I was trying out. It wasn’t long before I noticed a couple of more people with stand-up desks. Then others with personal kanban boards being tried. Lastly, seeing others doing more reflection at the end of meetings or at the end of the week.
It felt good to see others trying new things because of what they saw me doing. My intent wasn’t to change others but to improve my own work. As I did, others picked up on it little by little and started trying some of the same things.
It re-enforced the need to always be aware of my actions because you never know who is watching and will pick up on them. As leaders, we want to send the right message.
Posted on July 27, 2011, in Engagment, Leadership, My Continuous Improvement, Tools and tagged Engagement, Kanban, Leadership, Reflection, Role Model, Stand-up Desk. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.