But she received a letter back from the school that read: “We reviewed numerous applications and, to date, there will be some 1,452 new leaders attending school next year. We have decided to accept your application because we felt it was imperative that they have at least one follower.”
One man bought a sign and put it on his office door. The sign read: “I’m the boss.” The next day he came to work he noticed that someone had put a post-it on his sign that said, “Your wife called. She wants her sign back.”
We can’t all be the boss. And what good are leaders without followers? In actuality, we need to be both.
Sometimes we lead, sometimes we follow. We lead by example, but we still follow role models. We lead by sharing our expertise, but we remain open to the wisdom of others.
There are numerous courses and lessons on leadership. Yet the best leaders are also excellent followers. They know how to listen, they respect and follow great ideas from those around them, and they are humble enough to seek help when it’s needed.
You may be the boss, but do you know how to follow? This world could use a few good followers.
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 5 (2007).