In an article yesterday on SI.com by Seth Davis was the comment “When a player is described as not being vocal but rather a “leader by example,” I’m not buying it. I don’t think you can be a good leader without using your voice. To me, “leading by example” means not leading”.
I’m sorry but I believe this is complete crap. It would be great if all leaders could be vocal but if you give me a choice of a vocal leader who is all “rah rah” but no action or a person who is quiet and sets a great example for others, I’ll take the quiet person every time. When I see a person of action my initial reaction is to want to follow. A person who simply tells others what to do doesn’t instill the respect needed to be a successful leader.
The saying “do as I say not as I do” doesn’t carry much weight anymore. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do that will help determine whether people will follow you or not (and let’s be honest, a leader without followers isn’t a leader at all)
Have a great day!