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Leaders vs. Followers

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When leaders make a mistake, they say, “I was wrong.”
When followers make mistakes, they say, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A leader works harder than a follower and has more time;
a follower is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A leader goes through a problem;
a follower goes around it and never gets past it.

A leader makes and keeps commitments;
a follower makes and forgets promises.

A leader says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
a follower says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

Leaders listen;
followers just wait until it’s their turn to talk.

Leaders respect those who are superior to them and tries to learn something from them;
followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chinks in their armor.

Leaders feel responsible for more than their job;
followers say, “I only work here.”

A leader says, “There ought to be a better way to do this;”
followers say, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

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4 comments to Leaders vs. Followers

  • k.k.

    If you believe the drivel in this poem you have no respect for the many hardworking volunteers and employees that are needed to make any organization great. If you believe this you can never be a good leader. If you believe your followers are this stupid, what does that say about you for you accepting them and keeping them? Society values money and power and says if you choose to be a supportive follower you are weak and useless.
    Do you really believe all the work in an organization is really done by a very small minority of leaders who pay a majority of working followers for nothing.
    I am a very intelligent hardworking women with high morals and standards. I am not a leader nor do I choose to be one.
    I am a follower. This does not mean I will join along with any idiot who thinks that they have a good cause and imagines they can lead people. I am very picky about who I support. I am very talented at helping leaders develop the skills they need to do a good job. A leader who does not value his followers will have an empty team. A person who believes followers are worthless is not worthy of being either a follower or a leader.

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    • K.K, Broaden your view of leadership and then you will notice that most people are leaders in one way or the other.

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  • YHH

    Dear k.k., I am very impressed and agreed with your comments until I reached – “I am very picky about who I support.”

    I think the topic cannot be over-simplified. The author obviously intended this to be inspirational. You may have read too much into it. I still agree with most of what you said nevertheless. Thanks,

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  • James Potts

    If we are to be leaders instead of followers then why did guns ask us to not be referred to as leaders. Matthew 23. why are there no words of Jesus anywhere instructing us being leaders but rather many instructing us to be followers,

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