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?