Monday, 1 April 2013
Leadership Nugget: Followership that leads to great leadership
When you are a follower, it is so easy to see all that is wrong with your leader; every flaw, every tainted character trait is scrutinized and complained about.
I worked with a colleague some years ago. She will complain about everything you are not doing right. I used to pray for her to become a manager of people. She eventually did and oh boy, did I have moments of absolute laughter when she complains about her staff always complaining about her. What goes around comes around.
Seriously now, a leader that transforms lives must have first been a good follower, one who serves his/her leader in an attitude of humility. A follower who will lead well would first learn from those who lead them; what to do and what to avoid. A follower that sees character flaws in their leader use this as a lesson for their own leadership journey.
There are many examples of followers who themselves became great leaders. Moses spent forty years in exile and during this time he served his father in-law Jethro. The type of follower he was can be deduced from how much Jethro loved and respected him, and how he gave Moses the best advice on delegation that we are learning from up-till today.
Jesus Christ personified great follower through his humility and complete obedience to follow his Father. He did not see equality with God as something to cling to, He obeyed God completely and He was exalted to the highest position ever; sitting on the right side of God and given the name that is above everything in heaven, on earth or underneath the earth.
A follower that is too proud to follow his/her leader will never be exalted. A follower must have respect for the leaders over them. You might not like their character but you respect the office they hold. David would not sin against God by killing King Saul despite the latter's behavior towards him; not because he liked Saul but he had utmost respect for the kingship position that God has put Saul in.
Remember you attitude as a follower could come back to haunt you as a leader. What goes around comes around.
Be the salt of the earth and the light of your world.