Many of us have had a silent leader in our lives. The silent leader has a powerful impact on you because they don’t have to say much to be a great leader. They set a strong positive example for everyone to follow. Also, when they lead, others follow just because of who they are.
I will use the pronoun “he” throughout this post to mean both he and she rather than go back and forth between “he/she” and “him/her”. I do not intend offend anyone.
Four Characteristics of a Silent Leader
Each silent leader that I have met had some if not all of the following four characteristics.
A silent leader understands that he sets the example for those he leads. He knows that he cannot expect his followers to do anything he is not willing to do, so he sets the best example he can for his followers. In addition, the silent leader realizes that everything that happens around him starts with what he does. If he sets a good example, people are more likely to do good while if he sets a bad example, others will be more likely to make poor choices as well. To set a good example, the silent leader takes the initiative and determines how he is going to act in any given situation before the situation arrives so that he can make good choices.