As a leader, the question is not, will they mimic you? It is, are they mimicking good or bad?
We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are
I’m not sure who said those words first (I’ve seen it attributed to John Maxwell, Winston Churchill and an old proverb) but I know they are true.
So if you want honest, humble, trustworthy, hard-working, generous, creative and energetic people …
… tell the truth, even when it hurts
… humbly admit mistakes and faults
… be transparent and vulnerable
… work hard on worthwhile, difficult things
… give, give, give
… create space to think, and welcome new ideas
… take care of yourself so you have the energy to lead others
Anything less and you’ll find yourself surrounded by arrogant, apathetic liars who complain too much, work too little and want more money for mediocre work.