Your team will reflect the example you set as their leader

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A team is a reflection of its leader. Don’t like what you see others doing? Odds are, you’re doing it yourself.

I call this the “leader’s mirror,” and I see it all the time in my coaching. Those you lead will mirror your behavior.

I once coached a leader who ranted about how late his team was all the time. Then I asked him how often he showed up on time for meetings.

Long pause.

“Not very often,” he replied.

On the positive side, when I see leaders who are productive and organized, their team follows that example. They may not be perfect at it, but they make progress every week.

As a leader, it’s your role to set a positive example…even if it’s imperfect. When you want your team to do better, start with yourself first and foremost.

Let the mirror be your guide, and you’ll build a productive team around you.

Take a look at your team and make that change.


Managers have unique time management needs. My course, Time Management for Managers, covers systems designed for leaders to stay productive and efficient. You can find it on LinkedIn Learning at

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