Leaders vs. Followers

There is a great difference between leaders and followers

There is a great difference between leaders and followers

There is a great difference in the attitude and actions of leaders and followers.  The response to hardships, the communication skills, the level of loyalty, the understanding of teamwork, the ability to complete the task, the organizational disciplines, the desire to learn, the risk-taking factor, time management, people skills and the list goes on and on.

A few years ago I received this e-mail describing to me the difference between leaders and followers.  My hope is that it will challenge you to evaluate the degree of your leadership!  Encourage and challenge the people around you by e-mailing to a friend or passing it around the office.  Maybe you can lift the leadership lid of someone you know today!

When leaders make a mistake, they say “I was wrong.”
When followers make mistakes, they say “It wasn’t my fault.”

A leader works harder than a follower and has more time;
A follower is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A leader goes through a problem;
A follower goes around it and never gets past it.

A leader makes and keeps commitments;
A follower makes and forgets promises.

A leader says “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
A follower says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

Leaders listen;
Followers just wait until it’s their turn to talk

Leaders respect those who are superior to them and try to learn something from them;
Followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chips in their armor.

Leaders feel responsible for more than their job;
Followers say “I only work here.”

A leader says, “There ought to be a better way to do this;”
Followers say, “That’s the way it’s always been done.”

If you are a leader then you have to learn to respond like a leader.  Don’t be a leader with follower traits or your leadership will be weakened.  Read this article one more time and ask yourself “Am I a leader acting like a leader or am I a leader acting like a follower?”

Until Next Time,

Chris Sonksen


“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on July 14, 2009, in Leadership, Team and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yeah, now it’s clear !… And firstly I did not understand very much where there was the link with the title itself !!….

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