Have you ever had a leader to tell you to do something that he didn’t know how to do himself? This is that leader that just barks out commands without any real knowledge or expertise. Ever experience this? That is not leadership. That is just telling someone to do something.
Telling someone to do something can be leadership – if you have already done it yourself. Telling someone to do something that you’ve never done before – that’s just telling them to do something.
You can’t really lead someone in something that you can’t do yourself. If you’re going to lead, do it first. If you’re going to lead, do it yourself or at least have the knowledge and expertise to do it. Then when you tell someone else to do it, you’ll actually be able to lead them through it – not just tell them to do it. There’s a big difference.