Leaders are sorely needed, but here's a pretty good case for followers.
A young woman wanted to go to college in a story told by S.I. McMillen in his book, None of These Diseases. But her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank which asked, "Are you a leader?" Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote "no" and returned the application expecting the worst.
To her surprise, she received this letter fro the college: "Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they at least have one follower!"
"It's a pity," Dr. McMillen says,"that we race each other like participants in a stock car race. In our excitement to be first, we ignore the damage we inflict on others and ourselves."
A man once prayed, "Lord, keep me from becoming so self-possessed that I must express myself on every subject. With my vast store of wisdom, it does seem a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want to have a few friends at the end."
One way to become a leader is to study leaders and follow their examples.
As you begin your day, think about statement 1, and complete number 2.
- Today, I will follow the example of good leaders so that when my opportunity to lead comes, I will be prepared.
- Today, I will ______________________________________.