The best leaders rarely talk about the how and why things should get done. Instead, they let their work do the talking.
Think of someone you admired and how many of the lessons came from their decision to act and the example they have set.
The best coaches I had were the ones that got down on the mat and wrestled with us. The guys that shouted from the sidelines were sometimes a bit difficult to take seriously when we were grinding out a brutal practice and they were sipping on their Cokes or munching on Twizzlers.
Our time and energy is best spent doing the work. Steven Pressfield says in his book Do the Work,” Act, reflect. Act, reflect. NEVER act and reflect at the same time.” We get paralyzed and accomplish nothing, all while setting a bad example for our teams.
Sure, the more you do, the more mistakes you make. But that’s just the point. Making mistakes by doing is how we learn and get better. That’s real leadership.