Not that long ago, Callan Ward was doing the following but the Greater Western Sydney captain is now leading the way and demanding his players come along with him.
A shy person by nature, Ward's leadership mantra could initially be described as the reverse of the saying ''do as I say, not as I do'', such was his ability to let his actions do the talking for him.
But the 23-year-old, one of the youngest captains in the competition, is learning there are times when stern words need to be exchanged to teammates for the benefit of the side.
Ward acknowledges this does not come naturally to him but he learnt last year from ex-Brisbane star and Giants assistant coach Luke Power that sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind.
''He said you always have to be honest,'' said Ward, who plays his 100th game on Saturday.
''I wasn't the best at telling them if they'd stuffed up and giving punishments out but Luke was always the one who drove that. He said that's how it is, you have to be ruthless with players, so he's helped me develop that part of my leadership.''
Fortunately for Ward, delivering sprays was rarely required, many of the young Giants having had professionalism drummed into them through the AFL's pathway systems.
Ward was given his first insight into the work ethic required to succeed during his days with the Western Bulldogs, where the likes of Daniel Giansiracusa, Bob Murphy, Brad Johnson and Matthew Boyd set the example.
What struck Ward, who remains close to those players, was their attention to detail.
As an assistant coach with the Bulldogs, Leon Cameron used to conduct one-on-one sessions with Ward in his first year because the player's year 12 commitments meant he could not train with the rest of the team.
Even then, Ward's work ethic and tenacity was apparent.
''My first impressions were [he was a] shy, really quiet kid,'' Cameron said. ''He was a local, playing for a western suburbs side … He was competitive and had a ferocious attack on the footy which we see now. He had that at an early age.
''He was really well liked early because of the way he conducted himself. He's a good mannered young kid, doesn't rock the boat and lets his footy do the talking.
''I remember thinking the Dogs need to hold on to him.''
The Dogs' loss is now Cameron's and the Giants' gain. Cameron saw firsthand the quality of Luke Hodge's leadership last year and he likes what he sees so far from Ward.
''How did Luke Hodge start out? He let his actions do the talking, now he's revered as one of the best captains,'' he said.