What Do Your Actions Teach Others?

A lesson from one of my role models still resonates with me deeply today: the more prominent your position in an organization, the louder your actions speak.

We too casually dismiss the power, importance, and responsibility of being a role model. Take a few minutes and identify the roles you play in life. Now think about the values and qualities you would like others to witness in your actions and experience through their interactions.

Talking a good game is easy. Being a living example is much tougher, requiring greater self-awareness, expansive approachability and openness to feedback, and more regular "timeouts" for realignment of actions with intentions.

As my mentor so succinctly said, "if you don't care, why would others?"