“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” Sam Rayburn
I recently developed a good friendship with a young man who is taking the same classes I am on leadership.
While we ran one morning he shared his background in the military. He was discouraged from joining the military, but he felt the need and later learned the benefit from his time.
His point of view about leadership interested me. He talked about the various parts of training and about how he learned the importance of submitting to authority, learning how to follow. This had an impact on his understanding of being a leader.
If we are going to lead, we must learn to follow. Without an understanding of following the leadership of others, our own leadership is hindered.
Consider the necessity of our following Christ. We are striving to lead others to Him. The success of our efforts will be affected by our following Him. Learning to submit to the authority of Christ and following Him makes us a great vessel in spiritual leadership.