Who’s Following?There seems to be so much focus out there on leadership. Books we need to read, articles and commentary….and events. One after another, gurus and consultants and experts share their ideas about what makes a good leader, what the lay of the land is right now with leadership, trends and stats, why you need to be a good leader. The focus somehow seems a tad lopsided.
True, there is much merit in leading and becoming an effective one at that. But it’s a dance. For every good leader out there, you need at minimum a good follower. But we’re not looking at just one. We want hundreds if not thousands of followers. I mean that is the point, isnt it?
I think for all the emphasis on how to lead well, just as much focus needs to be placed on what it means to follow well. We can’t take it for granted that it’s easy. It’s just not as simple as ‘me say, you do’. As much as there is an art to leadership, there is an art to being a good follower and there is nothing wrong with this either. That’s what I mean by the lop-sidedness of it all. So much kudos goes into leading, and nothing said of the good follower.
Execution is as much about leading well as it is about following well and following through. And finishing. It’s more than the big picture, the devil is in the detail.
So let’s see more on this area. Some of us could use this.