He Leads by Example
Last of all, one of the most-needed traits of any parent is the ability to lead by example.
The father is the co-leader of the family unit, and is often considered the head of the house. What he does, and what he shows to be permissible through his own choices, everyone else will do. That’s why it’s vitally important that fathers lead by example.
This means putting into action all of the traits on this list. It means being loving, honest, loyal, open-minded, moral, and patient. No one can be perfect, but if a father is able to visibly act in these ways, he’ll plant the seeds of these traits in his children, and they’ll one day do the same with their own kids.
Leading by example provides what every good father should be—a role model. The world is built on nations, nations are built on communities, communities are built on families, and families take their cues from the strong role models within their ranks.
This means that if a father consistently makes harmful choices, his children may take the same path, and through them, will negatively affect the world.
But if fathers begin making the right choices, and if they begin modeling good behavior and the wonderful effects this creates, he puts goodness out into the world.
And what’s more, his family will be happier and more stable beneath his guidance.