Followership: Weaning is Difficult

Weaning ourselves from a collapsing “leadership paradigm” is difficult, and we must be sure that we don’t over correct and end up with an equally-false opposite.

Len Sweet continues to guide us toward “followership” by suggesting that resources like Stephen Covey’s Principle-Centered Leadership is a way of coming down off the narcissistic high of regulatory, top-down, shark-tank, high-control leadership systems. (See I Am a Follower, p. 38)

Covey advocates a reconnection with the unchanging principles of integrity, character, morality, compassion, spirituality, perseverance, loyalty, respect for human dignity, and honesty.

The day of the dictatorial leader is coming to an end.  There’s still time to get into the lifeboat and be rescued into a new way of serving in the Kingdom—the Jesus way.  Those who choose to stay on board the “Leadership Titanic” should begin to sing, “Nearer My God To Thee,” because the ship’s about to go down.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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