Follow, then Lead

Leadership is essential in our world. In fact, we need good leaders now more than ever. There seems to be no shortage of those who want to be leaders. Yet, many of them lack one key ingredient needed to be a leader: the ability to follow.

The need for leaders should not result in bad decisions that put in position those who are not ready. The overall characteristic of those who are not ready is impatience. They are convinced they are ready now to take more responsibility, but they have not yet learned to handle smaller responsibilities consistently over time.

We must first be convinced a person has the ability to follow those who are wiser and more experienced, and willing to learn from them. Then we can give them the amount of responsibility they can successfully handle. Gradually they will develop into the type leaders who can mentor others to do the same.

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