“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
In the mid-1944, David Dwight Eisenhower called his generals before the commencement of Operation Overlord. He kept an iron chain on his table and asked generals to push the chain. The chain got stacked and did not move in the direction of the push. Then he asked them to pull the chain, and all its segments moved towards the same direction of pull. Eisenhower said, pull your men, and you will get what you need. The law of motion also proved that pulling is easier than pushing. People will follow if you can attract them towards you, but if you only push, they may move in many different directions, and your efforts will get wastage in a large.
Leadership involves a high degree of personal skills of attracting, fastening, and inspiring people. The success of your leadership role lies in the range of people you can arrive at, the number of minds you can reach, souls you can touch, and lives you can change. The more you can attach people with you, the more you can win the race and lead.
People want the same as what we expect from our elders. We learn only a little from advice and preaching but get inspired by observing how our leaders practice. Leaders’ lifestyles, habits, attitudes, and behavior are crucial for followers’ spontaneous motivation and morale. So, always practice what you speak. If you set a rule, follow it by yourself first. Lead by examples, and people will shadow in your footsteps. It will assist if you can learn to see things through the eyes of your men, put yourself in their shoes and formulate guidelines to help them.
Leading from the front means leading by example. It means not giving orders from the rear with the gear. It means to become the head of the arrow. Wilfred Peterson said, “The leader does not say, ‘Get going’ instead, he says, ‘Let us go’ and leads the way. He does not walk behind with a whip; rather, he is out in front with a banner of hope.”1 John Maxwell wrote, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Indeed, leadership is not a title you hold nor a chair you sit; it is the actions and examples you present to guide your men. Leadership means leading and leading from the front, facing all the challenges. Leadership means pulling on the way to reach the dream.
Lead people from the front, set examples to inspire, pull them with all your fullest abilities; success must embrace you.