Follow the Leader or Not!
Why is it difficult to follow the leader of your church, charity group, volunteer team or business?
When I was a young child, I remember playing a game on the playground at school called “Follow the Leader.”
One player of this game begins moving around with actions that the rest of the players must copy. If a player does not follow or they lag behind the leader’s motions, they are removed from the game.
There is a big difference in following the leader as a child on the playground and following someone as an adult.
Leadership must create an atmosphere that will encourage people to follow.
Why is it difficult for some leaders to be followed?
Here are six reasons to consider why some people find it hard to follow the leadership of some people.
The Leader Does Not Tell the Truth
It is impossible to follow someone that tends to lie. This fact also applies to those who exaggerate information.
Leaders who are liars affect more people than themselves.
Proverbs 19:9 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
The Leader Does Not Have a Clear Vision
A clear vision is necessary for any organization to be successful. Those who lead must have a vision that is simple and understood well by every member of the team. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained…”
The Leader is a Taker, Over Being a Giver
When a leader refuses to be a servant rather than being served they will never be trusted or followed.
A healthy servant leader sets the example of what being a giver, not a taker, is all about.
- Strong servant leaders set high expectations for those they lead.
- A strong servant leader has clear objectives and a mission.
- Strong servant leaders are organized.
- A strong servant leader engages those they lead.
- Strong servant leaders create healthy relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people.
- A strong servant leader is confident in what they teach.
- A strong servant leader often communicates with those they lead.
The Leader Does Not Have the Trust of Those He or She Leads
The Leader Ignores the Opinion of Those They Lead
It is hard to follow the leader when they do not value the gifts, skills and talents of every member of the team.