Followership: Not Always Easy (1)

To become a follower does not mean becoming someone who never critiques, never speaks out, or never challenges.  And it surely doesn’t mean becoming a lackey who says and does whatever the leader demands.  In fact, when we are following a leader, we are in a better position to see what they are doing that’s not good or in the best interests of all concerned.

Sweet emphasizes that followers must speak out when the situation calls for it….

When we fail to stand up to those with stronger personalities or higher rank, we fail to stand up for the truth, at least as we perceive it at the time.  When this happens, the overall mission suffers.  It loses counsel, respect, and confidence.  There is a way to challenge others without belligerent, rebellious, arrogant, or defying attitudes–all the while standing on principle.  The failure to challenge others, whether it is their ideas, initiatives, or attitudes does us no favors.  We are afraid of being shut down, but the reality is that we already have been.  We are the ones who are disrespected, and the voice of God in us will become more and more ignored as time marches on” (pp. 52-53).

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Followership: Not Always Easy (1)

  1. Judith Warren-Brown says:

    Wow! That was powerful!

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