“Do as I Say, Not as I Do” is a common refrain from a frustrated boss.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could say this and all your employees would do just this? Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
If what you’re saying doesn’t match what you are doing, you’re busted.
The reason is all eyes are upon you all the time, and as the owner, you can’t hide. I understand that no one is perfect when it comes to everything they do as a leader, but the fact is your actions speak louder than your words.
Think of it this way: imagine your dad or mom are telling you as a young teenager that you have to quit smoking because it is dangerous to your health. The problem is they’re telling you this as the ashes are dropping off the cigarette dangling from their mouths.
You see it for what it is.