Day 234: Follow the Leader or Why Are Some People More Fun to Follow?

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Sometimes it's hard to get a following.

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

Real leaders are those who can gather a group of people who work together to accomplish a goal.  So many leaders are put in a position, and we follow them since they are the boss.  However, that’s not a real leader.

So why are some people more fun to follow?

1. They get things done.  When I choose to follow someone, it will be someone who works hard and accomplishes something meaningful.  I love to help someone if they do actual hard work themselves.  I don’t feel indebted to people with an attitude such as, “I have others to do that for me.”  Jesus said it best when he said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

2. They have a big vision.  A real leader is accomplishing something that other people want to be doing.  These are the people I like to hook up with.  They have a lofty goal, and they know how to get it accomplished.

3. They empower others.  Real leaders value the creativity and unique contributions of teammates.  They know a good thing when they see it.  Real leaders understand the magical connection between the creatives and respect the high value these types bring to a project.  They aren’t pompous, and they aren’t trying to “teach” us something.

If we only attempt things that we can do alone, we have a narrow vision and miss out on a lot of fun we can have working with others.

Are you a real leader? What are you attempting that you can’t do alone?

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2 responses »

  1. As a head teacher I loved being a leader & hope I managed to do all three (maybe not as successfully as Bill Gates though!)

    I think it is one of the things I miss now that I’m retired. Life can feel a little isolated.

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