In a world where almost anyone can have 1,000 or more followers, who is doing the leading? It seems as though there should be a connection between the two: leaders and followers. Unfortunately the act of following has such a low threshold for involvement that many have it as the default option. Following is easy, semi-rewarding and comes with little to no responsibility. The problem is that just because people are following, doesn’t mean that anyone intends to lead. Following the car in front of you is a good strategy if you’re going to the same place. It’s a horrible strategy if your intentions are different than the person you’re following. Leadership should be an intention, not meandering with followers in tow. So the question is, who should be a leader? You!
You should be a leader of at least one person if not more. Leadership is needed now probably more than ever before in the history of the world. The reason that leadership is in such high demand is because we as a people got so damn good at following. We’ve become so exceedingly talented at following that we barely recognize our power to lead. That power starts with you and your choices. Are you leading your own life or following the rules, path or suggestions from someone else? There is nothing wrong with following the path, if it leads where you want to go. The issue comes from following out of complacency, fear or doubt. These are not usually the emotions that cause greatness.
Desire, courage and self-belief are the kindling that begin the fires of greatness. We were all meant to be leaders of at least one person. Lead yourself in the direction that you most desire to go. Have the courage to take steps forward. Believe in your ability to string enough of those steps together to succeed. Perhaps when you’ve developed the leadership muscle enough, you’ll be ready to take on followers. Just make sure that they are following you with intention.
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