FOLLOWING THE “BE” OF THE “BE-KNOW-DO” LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE
Following the “BE” principle, means that as a leader you are responsible for leading the charge and visibly demonstrating the team’s standard. This must be consistent behavior without waiver as the team will look to you for inspiration and how to respond when tasks become challenging.
Leonidas, in the 5th Century BC, was king of Sparta and demonstrated the BE leadership principle when he led his soldiers into battle against the Persian army in the Battle of Thermopylae. He is a legend because of his commitment to the vision he established for his soldiers and his countrymen.
When Leonidas was faced with the option to live and submit his people to Persian rule or defend the country against a much larger army, he chose to stand firm and lead. He inspired his soldiers to demonstrate what they had trained and prepared for their whole lives. In spite of the challenge that was before them.
“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.”
- Harry Truman