7 Qualities of a Followable Leader

Are you a followable leader?

A followable leader has people who want to follow. They inspire followers to join them on a journey and they develop loyalty from their team.

Ask yourself: Do people want to follow my lead? Why would they want to follow me?

The best example I know of a followable leader is Jesus. Let’s consider some of the reasons He was able to develop such loyalty among the people He led.

Here are 7 qualities of a followable leader:

Have a vision worth following – To be followable, a leader needs a vision that lasts beyond today. There to be an element of faith and risk and to motivate followers. The vision needs to take people somewhere they want to go, but aren’t sure how to get there.

Be willing to lead the way – Followable leaders go first. They pave the way. They lead by example.

Remain steadfast – Even through difficult days, a followable leader stays the course. Followers know they can depend on the, resolve, strength and fortitude of the leader during the darkest hours.

Display patience – A followable leader extends grace and forgiveness when mistakes are made. They pace the team until the team is ready for greater challenges. They equip the team with the proper training and resources to complete assignments.

Challenge followers with high expectations – People want to follow someone who sets the bar for achievement high. There’s no intrinsic value in following easy-to-attain goals.

Practice humble servanthood – To be followable, a leader should display humility and be a servant of others; especially those he or she is supposed to be leading.

Place energy into others – Followable leaders consistently invest in other people. They give real authority and responsibility as they encourage and develop other leaders. They even replace themselves in key positions.

Can you see Jesus in each of these?

Would you follow a leader with such qualities?

Which of these do you most need to improve upon?

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12 thoughts on “7 Qualities of a Followable Leader

  1. A leader must be patient. We know that we have different characteristics and when a person leads, he has to be patient with these differences. I also agree that a leader must be humble. Without humility, arrogance will be evident and being an arrogant person does not make an effective leader.

  2. I tend to avoid leading the way. I like working alone and don’t like working with a group of people. Leading a group wears out my introverted self. Plus I get easily frustrated with lack of follow through in others. Not sure what I’m going to do with this realization, but there it is.
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  3. I have to work on truly challenging people with high expectations. What seems like high expectations to me sometimes seems burdensome to them. I need to learn more about how to do that well.

  4. Yep, I see Jesus in these.

    Yep. I'd follow a leader with these qualities.

    As a teacher, I'm working on trying to get my students to see the value of their education–to get the big picture of why we have to learn what we're learning. Because we're usually pressed for time, it's often too easy to get bogged down in getting the content taught that they lose the vision.

    I also need to work on the patience one. I teach 7th grade math. Enough said. =)