"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." - John C. Maxwell
Everybody has their roles
No matter whether you are a parent, an eldest in the family, a manager or one of the members in a team, what you do, how you act and perform your duty are very important.
Your children, siblings, workers or your colleagues could be watching very closely and might just follow your examples. Thus, make every effort to find out and know your roles well so that you could show good examples.
“A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” - David R. Gergen
“True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.” - Robert Townsend
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” - Ralph Nader
Take a look at this true story:
At the funeral
One of my young preacher friends was officiating at the funeral of a war veteran. The dead man's military friends wished to have a part in the service at the funeral home, so they requested the pastor to lead them down to the casket, stand with them for a solemn moment of remembrance, and then lead them out through the side door. This he proceeded to do, but unfortunately the effect was somewhat marred when he picked the wrong door. The result was that they marched with military precision into a broom closet, in full view of the mourners, and had to beat a hasty retreat covered with confusion.
This true story illustrates a cardinal rule or two. First, if you're going to lead, make sure you know where you're going. Second, if you're going to follow, make sure that you are following someone who knows what he is doing!(Extracted from this source; Author: Shelton Cole)
Know your roles
You can't do your job well if you don't know your own role. Find out or ask your supervisor if necessary. If you are a leader, do take note that it is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try.
Photo 1 by Cheryl J taken from this source
Photo 2 by william.ward taken from this source