Edward is an executive in his organization and his team has just landed a new client which has resulted in a large project load with a strict deadline. Over the course of 3 weeks, his team has worked diligently to ensure the project stays on track and smaller deadlines get met. Unexpectedly, one of Edward’s employees is in a car accident and has to take a medical leave of absence resulting in a 6-week absence. Though the remaining group is trying diligently to delegate tasks accordingly, assignments are soon not being completed in a timely manner and there is a risk of the final deadline not being met.

With a few weeks left until the project completion date, Edward makes some changes to his current work load to accommodate the need to help his team. He manages to reschedule other projects to allow him the time necessary to work alongside his team in place of the absent employee to get the job done. As the project reaches completion, Edward works a few late nights with his crew and proves to them through is actions that their work is appreciated and valued, and nothing is beneath even the most senior of managers.

One of the key characteristics exhibited by strong leaders is leading by example. When you expect your employees to perform a certain way, it helps keep morale and productivity high when they can see that you practice what you preach and are willing get down to the grind to do the same work if necessary.

Set the example that you want your employees to follow. Stepping up to the plate and working alongside your employees makes them see that you believe in what they do, that their work is valued, and at the end of the day you are truly a team player.