Precept makes a conventional leader, but example makes an authoritative leader. Example is platform or exhibiting authority. By precept, you may cajole people to follow you, but by example you make them desirous and willing to follow you. People are never weary of following exemplary leaders. Precept is about teaching what you know, while example example is living what you know. Real precept is meant to be a tool for communicating lessons drawn from an exemplary leader.
You may be a great teacher and earn low rating in leadership. Jesus operated as an authoritative leader and therefore attracted great follower-ship. “…of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.” Acts 1:1′
Rather than struggling to be a great teacher, learn and strive to be a great example. Even though it is important to know what you are talking about, it is more important to be what you are talking about.