One interesting thing about leadership is that every leader is a follower in one sense or the other. For instance, the home cell leader is a follower of the home cell coordinator. The home cell coordinator is a leader under the district home cell coordinator. The district home cell coordinator is a leader under the regional home cell coordinator ad infinitum. The branch Pastor is a follower of the District Pastor; the District Pastor is a leader under the Regional Pastor. The Regional Pastor leads under the Senior Pastor or General Overseer. The Senior Pastor/General Overseer could also have a spiritual father he is subject to. I believe you understand what I am saying. The point is, every leader seems to have another leader he or she is following. The drama coordinator is the leader of the drama department; and thus he is subject to another leader which could be the Senior Pastor of the church. The choir director is a leader of the choir but also subject to the leadership of the church.
This simply means that we lead others and we follow others.
As leaders therefore, we need to learn to be submissive to the leadership over our lives.
It was Aristotle (the Philosopher) that said, “He cannot be a good leader who is not a good follower”.
We follow to lead. Apostle Peter put it succinctly thus: “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”. I Peter 5:5.
Our attitude in leadership therefore should be that of humility, that is, submission to the authority that is placed above us. As a leader, do not usurp authority over the people that are under your leadership. Be submissive to those above you and do not suppress those under you.
Peter said to both the younger ones and the elders, be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility. One of the reasons the leaders should humbly carry out his assignment is the fact he is a human being (therefore, not perfect).
I have wrongly judged in the past based on my perception of the behavioural pattern of the followers. Most times or sometimes, we will be wrong. Therefore, let us humbly carry out our assignments.
Peter said “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lords sake”. I Peter 2:13.
Submit to the leaders over your life and your assignment. Do not feel too big for him or her to instruct.
Remember, we reap what we sow. If you sow rebellion to the leader over you, you will reap rebellion now or later. So, if you want submissive followers in the assignment God has given to you, do not constitute rebel to the man or woman God has placed over you.
I rest my case.