What does it mean to lead from the front? Why do leaders need to lead from the front, not from behind?
Leading from the front is attractive to employees. They want to see their boss leading by example. It builds leadership trust. It creates an environment of respect.
As a leaders, a good leader, you cannot motivate your people without leading from the front. You cannot build trust without leading from the front. You must lead by example. You must show your people the behavior you want to see in your organization. Reward what you want to see more of. It means doing exactly what you want your people to. In other words, you are walking the talk. If not, your people will not be motivated to do anything.
Don’t ask your people to do what you will not do yourself. You must work harder than they do, and they will repeat it. That is what leading from the front really means.
Once they see you (their boss) in action, they will do the same. They don’t want to let the team down. Stay in front, your people will join you.
But when you lead from behind, you are asking your employees to do what you will not do yourself. Even if they manage to do it, they will not be happy. They will resent you, and productivity will suffer.
It is all about motivation. If you want to motivate your employees, respect them, do what you want them to do for you, walk the talk, support them, encourage them, train them, and be present. They will do anything for you.
Lead from the front, not from behind. If you do, you are a great leader.