What is Follow-ship?

As a child, did you ever race across the playground to be first in line—to be the leader? Throughout our lives, leadership is celebrated with positions of popularity, promotions, and power. Don’t get me wrong. Leadership IS important. We need good leaders in families, societies, churches, governments, and businesses. Be we also need good followers. Follow-ship is the unsung, underrated cousin of leadership, mistakenly associated with weakness. When I think of follow-ship, I think of counselors of presidencies or members of committees. I think of assistants, deputies, students, and aides. They are all indispensable, giving input and feedback, offering creative ideas and solutions. They learn when to stand up, speak up, and when to step back and submit to the leader’s decision. Follow-ship is strength, not weakness. We, as disciples of Jesus Christ, must learn to follow. We embrace His plan, follow in His footsteps, and obey His commandments in faith. The Savior expects us to be diligent leaders—but He also expects us to be faithful followers. He has promised, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

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