Followership: An Easy Yoke

Spend time with most leaders today, and the conversation will move into topics related to “how hard” it is to lead today.  Specific reasons abound, but the toll which is exacted in terms of burnout and break down is clearly in evidence.

Sweet contrasts this against the words of Jesus, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”…

To emphasize followership is not to eliminate the notion that we need leaders.  It is to flush the definitions, concepts, and practices of flesh-based leadership down the sewer they come from.  Leadership within a followership culture is a totally different animal than leadership within a leadership culture.  It comes from the Kingdom of God, with one and only one Lord….When leaders shuck their followership identity for something more glamorous, dichotomies and hierarchical positioning rear their ugly heads” (pp. 39-40).

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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1 Response to Followership: An Easy Yoke

  1. Lisa says:

    Just my humble opinion, I am a leader, I believe the failure comes in forgetting that as leaders we are also servants 🙂

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