followship | Servant Leaders. Serving Leaders.

Raise your hand if you started at the top … OK, you can leave. The rest of us know the truth: Getting to the top – or even somewhere in the middle – involves a climb. And that means we need to follow. We follow those who came before us. And we follow those who lead us.

That’s followship.

It doesn’t mean we stand at the drive-through window mindlessly taking orders from our boss. In fact, even if we work in a drive-through window, we still need the courage to lead. But our leadership begins with followship. We are servant leaders serving leaders. Here are three ways you can start down the path of followship:

  1. Let go of your ego. There used to be a commercial along these lines. Google it if you want (eggo instead of ego). But no matter what you eat for breakfast, remember that you are no better or worse than anyone else. Start each day with an attitude of serving others rather than holding tightly to things just so you can validate your self-worth.
  2. Look beyond your world. If you come to work focused on your to-do list, you’ll get things done and you can feel good about it. But if you also look for ways to help others with their work, you’ll create energy and passion around you that allows everyone to get their work done and everyone to feel good about it.
  3. Shine a light on others. If you work with other people – and most of us do – we can always find some way to take credit for whatever goes well. Rather than taking credit, trying giving it and receiving it. Give it to others who deserve it. Receive it humbly when others offer it.

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Written By: Stephen Caldwell, Chief Word Architect


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