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Are You A Leader Or Follower?

Updated on July 27, 2013

Are You Normally A Leader Or A Follower?

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What Is Right Or What Is Wrong?

Many predictions and theories state that only 1 out of 1,000 people are leaders. I don't really believe that figure is accurate. In all actuality, all people are followers in one way or another and most people have led at one or more points in their lives.

Is being a leader most important? How about being a follower?

In my opinion, this world needs both. The key to the good and bad is how you lead or how you follow. There are good and bad of both. Some "experts" say leaders are born that way. I disagree completely. Yes, some people have traits such as charisma that will aide them in becoming a leader quicker and easier, but they still have to develop other skills to make them a true leader.

As for followers though, we are all born to be followers.From the day we come out of our Mother's womb we are following. It is natural to be a follower; it is learned to be a leader.

Here are some examples of good and bad leaders:

These are examples of bad and good followers:

  • Gang Members-Bad
  • Boy Scouts-Good


In our careers, we are almost all followers in one way or another; unless you own the business, you have someone who is your boss. Many are also leaders in one form or another at work too.

I once worked for a sales organization that made it sound as if anyone that was a follower was weak. I now strongly disagree with that. We essentially were all being followers by believing that.

Knowing your place in your job is important; when to lead and when to follow. It can make or break your career.


The home life can be another example of being both a leader and a follower. Children should be followers of their parents, but may be leaders of other siblings. Spouses sometimes switch rolls and one may be a leader at times and a follower at others.

We must always remember that in God's ways, He made husbands to be the "head". The leader in most cases should be the husband, but I do believe it is ok if the wife has leadership capabilities and helps with leading, even setting the husband "straight" at times.

Life In General

Whether it be church, driving, in a store, etc... You will find both leaders and followers. If everyone was a leader, this world would be screwed up.

The point I make in all of this is: don't look down on yourself if you are a follower. Just follow the right paths. Just because someone tells you to smoke or drink something, check it in your heart. It is ok to say no and not follow.

If we ask God, He will show us. He will guide you when to lead and also when to follow. Sometimes those lines are not very clear and that is where prayer and studying the Bible come in. All the answers to life are within the Holy Bible.

The next time you lead or follow, keep God in mind. What would Jesus do would be the best question you could ask.

© G.L. Boudonck


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Haven't watched the videos but I am empowered by your text. I voted "Equally Divided . . ." and you affirmed me. Thanks!

    • mesacleanpools profile image


      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Interesting. The question of being a leader or a follower required a more clarified definition because many people lead others in life every day without having a title or official status.

      As far as people with the combination of charisma, intelligence, and drive to actually come to lead 1000s of people, they are few in the numbers.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Filkman--yea, if they could only just get that verse right--John 3:16. I wonder if they have ever read 16:3?

      Lastheart-you are a wonderful leader and a wonderful wife. I am extremely proud to have you as my mate for the rest of time. Thanks to both of you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord are my head...but I am a leader. This Hub reminds me of a saying "Muchos caciques; pocos indios". We will always have somebody with different responsibilities; does not mean that they are better or we are lest. Good hub and positive message.

    • Da Filkman profile image

      Da Filkman 

      7 years ago

      Points very clearly and well made!

      Even though recent history shows us that there can be an inherent danger in following political leaders who claim to be guided by God in their decision-making processes (and then go on to quote John 16:3 as a favorite verse, EL-OH-EL) St. Paul "got it right" when he encouraged his followers to follow him "AS I FOLLOW CHRIST"!


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