Leaders don’t ADVISE, leaders LEAD.

Image for post
Image for post

The guy in the leather jacket is Mike, a Portland Oregon Hip Hop artist.

The good looking gentleman in the gray sweater, is me.

When a few friends and I arrived at the partially stripped Vance Creek Bridge last Saturday, Mike had been sitting at the start of the wet and rusted beam for over an hour.

He had his video crew waiting on him, trying to film a music video on the bridge.

The beam starts at 20' above the ground and eventually turns into the second tallest railway bridge in the United States.

Image for post
Image for post

Mike was scared as hell and so was I.

To get to the wood railroad ties of the bridge and ultimately to “safety”, you must first walk across 70' of slippery metal.

I crawled the first time across.

When I came back, Mike was still fighting his fear with 6 different people giving him advice on the best way across.

I offered to go back across with him to lead the way and Mike immediately took me up on my offer. We had never met but we had a common enemy, the ground below.

One butt-slide at a time and cracking a few jokes along the way, slowly but surely we made it over and Mike over came his fear.

Image for post
Image for post
Mike & I making progress

Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.

-Bill Owens

But there is something about leadership that we seem to forget, especially when it comes to leadership of a large organization, a company, a group of people, or even a relationship.

When we end up in a situation that requires us to lead, we believe that it is by our words that we must lead.

Suddenly we create lists, send out emails, make calls, and talk in meetings all day long about what needs to be done and how it should be done. With a fist on the hip and a pointing finger, we become the experts.

We don’t need to DO the tasks right? We are the leaders for goodness sake! We have a responsibility bestowed upon us … is what we think.

What did the GREAT kings and military leaders of their time do? Send 18 year boys into battle and watch from a hill?


They were in the heat of the battle with their life on the line alongside everybody else.

If we want to inspire, we MUST lead by example. We must not advise from the safety of an office, from the comfort of our couch, or the security of solid ground.

To inspire action, we must be willing to take the first step and show the way.

Only then will they follow… and we become leaders.

There is a better way to live!

Thank you for reading! I also write and speak in hopes of inspiring folks to seek the extraordinary life (HERE) :)

Written by

I write and speak with a hope of inspiring folks to find a better way to live. Author of “The Mount of Olives” https://speaklife365.com/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store