I used to think that the best leaders where those that knew the most, but the older I get, the more I realize that the best leaders are those who follow the best. Yes, no matter where you are on your leadership journey, you will aways be called to serve and support at a higher level. And that after all is leadership, right? Leading is just helping people, loving people past their crazy, and making hard decisions when knowing one else can. That’s all. Jesus was the greatest leader ever, and he was from a hood rat city, came from what people saw as a sketchy situation, and his crew was a ragtag group of misfits. If you are waiting for perfect conditions, circumstances, or personal triumphs before you start to serve people, love people past their crazy, and making hard decisions then in my book you’re doing it wrong.
But I digress, I want to talk about following. I feel like this topic is kinda overlooked as its not always deemed as glorious. There was a season where I was on staff at my mom’s school. My parents own and oversee an amazing school for kiddos, and I in my 20’s served on their staff. But my familiarity with my mom caused me to stop respecting her as my boss. And when the respect vanished the honor and trust also dissipated. Then, as a result, I became a total sassy nightmare to lead. So she did what any good boss would do, she told me she loved me and then she straight fired me. I was sooooo pist, I felt so betrayed but she was right to let me go. I would not know or understand that until years later, and those years later I met versions of my younger self in my early years of leading, and it led me to call my mom and apologize for not seeing her through the eyes of a kingdom follower.
What the season taught me was me being the most creative, most proactive, most in-the-know didn’t make me a great employee or a great follower. It made me discontent, disobedient and disrespectful. What I should have done was keep my mouth closed and embrace the support system I was being called to be. I should have held up her arms in the battle instead of being bitter that no one was holding my arms. I should have done a lot, but I should have loved her better.
After all, leadership is just serving, loving people like Jesus and always seeing people through the eyes God sees them through. So, why am I sharing this? Well, mainly because someone out there is one more comment or eye roll away from getting fired. Or your heart is starting to get bitter. So DON’T do what I did. Instead, listen to the PODCAST EPISODE 6 and learn how to be a better follower. Your life, your ministry, your job, your relationships all depend on it.