Leaders vs. 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.”
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,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.”
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.
Posted on July 14, 2009, in Leadership, Team and tagged choices, Effective Leader, followers, Leadership, Personal Growth, Strengths, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.