I really enjoy reading Michael Hyatt’s blog on topics related to writing and leadership.
I’ll be covering the topic of leadership somewhat this month, and having a few guest writers post here also. Michael’s recent article really packs a punch, and I think you will find it quite helpful.
Here is an excerpt.
“…[N]early everyone sees him or herself as a leader.
But where are the followers?
I contend that if you want to be a great leader, you must first become a great follower. Although it is rarely discussed, this is where almost all of history’s greatest leaders got their start.
- Joshua followed Moses for more than forty years before he led the children of Israel into the promised land.
- Elisha served Elijah for ten years before he took up his master’s mantle and went on to perform even more miracles.
- The Apostle Peter followed Jesus for three years—and made a lot of mistakes—before he and his fellow-disciples “turned the world upside down” (see Acts 17:6).
Though I don’t have time to develop it here, I would likewise contend that history’s worst leaders never learned to follow. As a result, they became tyrants, making the lives of their own followers miserable.”
Do his words make sense? Have you watched this play out?