In comparison to theory or idea, when something is practical it involves the actual doing. The approach to something that is practical indicates it is suitable for a particular purpose.
Interestingly enough, the word practical is based in and comes from the word practice. Practice not only indicates an activity that is to be accomplished, it also involves a discipline of continuing to work on the activity to improve the quality of the person, product or end result.
Application of this discipline within leadership is also an area deserving attention.
Consider what leadership would look like and how it changes the involvement of those who follow when there is a practical approach to the programs implemented to reach goals.
Leaders are needed who think, act, and lead practically. Discipline, as demonstrated in the practice of activities, will ground leaders in that which is practical.
Followers are needed who know how to practically get behind this leadership.
Several spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, fasting, etc.) point to the character of leadership that promotes a practical approach for developing godly leaders.