Lead With Your Life

Let Your Life Speak

As a leader, you are always leading. People are watching the example you set with your life, which makes it important to be mindful about the ways you act and respond to situations. This is true in every arena of life, especially that of the workplace. In this post taken from the course, "A Light in the Business World," Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne's, considers the source of inspiring leadership and encourages leaders everywhere to model a willingness for doing the work they expect from their people.

Anne founded Auntie Anne's in 1987 to support her husband's vision to offer free counseling services in their community. Today, Auntie Anne's Inc. is the world's largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise with over 1200 locations worldwide. Anne is among an elite group of women who have founded national companies in America, and is one of an even smaller number who have owned an international franchise company. In 2005, she sold Auntie Anne's and authored her book, Twist of Faith

Leading by example means serving as a model for others to follow. It is not about being perfect, but striving for excellence in all that you do. 

Who are some leaders you look up to in your life? What values do they model well? What are some aspects of their leadership that you could begin to incorporate into your own?
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In what ways do you aim to lead by example? What are some of the principles you work to model for others?
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Are there any areas of your leadership that you would like to see improve? If so, what are they? What would you have to change to become a stronger example?
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Leading by example is not about being perfect. Rather, it is about faithfulness in taking responsibility for what has been entrusted to you. This will take on different forms depending on your circumstances, but God cares for the faithfulness of His people. May your leadership be marked by a commitment to obedience and a desire to model for your people what you expect from them.

To purchase a copy of Anne's book, Twist of Faith, click here

For more insights and teaching from Anne Beiler, check out the full course, A Light in the Business World.