The idea of setting an example for others is nothing new. Nestled in this principle is an understanding of influence. We influence people everyday. Some we influence for what is right and some for wrong. The difference is based in our example.
Setting an example is connected to consistency. Mahatma Ghandi is noted as saying we must become the change we want to see.
Setting an example is also associated with servanthood. The only time Jesus gave an example He said to follow was related to being a servant.
To be the leaders God needs today, we need to understand the significance identified with setting the example.