All GREAT LEADERS have ONE THING in COMMON. They were all once EVEN GREATER FOLLOWERS.
~ Excerpt from Chapter 11: “Your Leadership”
Not unlike Our Title, respect is EARNED, NEVER GIVEN. Humility is the cornerstone in the art of following. Following requires that you are able to work well with others, and have mastered the use of influence, rather than resistance with others. It means developing an openness to others, willingness to accept differences, and most importantly TRUST for the skillful follower.
Those in leadership positions propound an excellent opportunity for you to obtain the critical leadership skills required in order for you to learn to follow and exemplify their GOOD example.
Sincere pursuit of mentor-ship must be the fuel that powers the engine in which we call “following”. Many reporting relationships in organizations even outside your time in “Your Corps” are seen as a requirement, not a privilege. Your superior will at some times for various reasons need to be endured rather than honored and appreciated. There are circumstances where those in leadership positions are not even meant to lead, and instead of mentoring, they attempt to create fear, avoidance, or simply shrug off his or her followers.
All leaders MUST remember that in many cases their example (good or bad) is the early learning stage for the next generation. Poor leaders yield poor followers, which develop poor orientations.
Following is a privilege. To become a good leader, you need to first become a GREAT follower. Becoming a leader is something that you gain from championing a solid following role, not merely a promotion warrant. A learning path exists in which those that embrace richness from a great leader can inevitably enable themselves to duplicate the solid leadership values and methods that have been willingly conferred upon them.