Leadership Realities: Your Followers Reflect Who You Are… Who Are They Reflecting?

I don’t think it’s unbiblical to say that followers will reflect their leader. Paul urges the Corinthians to Imitate him and he imitates Christ. It’s natural for followers to begin to take on the personality, habits, theology, and core values of the leader. Just walk into any organization and you can quickly see what the leadership stands for by seeing the employees at work. If you were to walk into a youth ministry, you likely could assess the core DNA of the group and ultimately the leader. But the big question is this:

If you are the example, what are your followers following?

If you are like me, it’s a challenging question to ask since it requires me to be gut wrenchingly honest. It scares me to ask this question since it means I might have to look to make changes in what I say and do on a regular basis. It annoys me to think that what I stand for is not being communicated to the leaders and students I oversee. However, as hard as it is to ask this question, it is this question that can become a doorway to health…

You see, we can’t get away from the fact that our followers will likely take on the DNA of what we communicate and stand for. Therefore, for the sake of the people we are leading, it is imperative that we look long and hard in the mirror at who we are and what our leadership communicates. When we see areas of weakness or lack of clarity, it is important that we embrace the reality and invite God to change us.

So the question I ask again is this:

If you are the example, what are your followers following?

Phil <><

11 Responses to Leadership Realities: Your Followers Reflect Who You Are… Who Are They Reflecting?

  1. LeaderTreks October 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Good thought…Hard thought

  2. LeaderTreks October 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Good thought…Hard thought. Being aware that anything negative about you will likely become true of your followers is a hard truth to swallow when you see your own issues start being reflected back to you. Who is your favorite person to ask for an assessment of how you are doing? pastor, volunteer, student leader, etc…

  3. Phil Bell October 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Dan? Doug? Is that a rhetorical question?

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  4. Scott Tinman October 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Ouch…this one can hurt but in a good way…thanks for spurring it on Phil! One way that I saw this recently in my own life is the way that I was taking care of myself physically & spiritually…letting the tyranny of the urgent take over for the sake of ministry. I needed to get back on track in my spiritual life and how I was taking care of my physical life too. Started with some changes and taking a #30daychallenge in getting back in shape by running for 30 days that has now turned into 162 days of running. This also changed my spiritual life as a way to get time with God while I run and pray for my neighborhood. As well as getting in a consistent habit of running I changed my diet and have seen 35lbs shed from my body…hoping for more 🙂 I realized that changes needed to be made by looking into what reality was for me and I am liking the way things are transforming before me with God’s help!

  5. LeaderTreks October 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Not rhetorical, just trying to offer some options to be clear. What position/type of person do you like to ask for evaluation from, I wanted to be clear I wasn’t looking for a name, sorry for the confusion, your post was much clearer than my question!

    No, unfortunately it is not Dan or Doug, this is Brandon, I work closely with them on social media as well as being a trip leader and instructor.

  6. Phil Bell October 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Scott! So excited to hear how God has been getting you on track spiritually and physically. I have found that my followers will follow the lead of my endeavors too. Don’t be surprised when your family, friends, youth leaders, and students begin to follow your lead. Your followers will follow your example…

  7. Phil Bell October 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Brandon! Great question and thanks for the clarification! I have a mentor, a couple of good friends and a pastor. My mentor is able to focus me on my spiritual and family walk, my friends help me stay balanced, and my pastor helps consider leadership and ministry goals. They are people I trust and people who know me well enough to hold a mirror up when I need it.

  8. LeaderTreks October 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Jeremy Linsley says that he knows you as well! That is a fun connection, I grew up at Barakel! Also, I love that your accountability is a variety of people with a variety of venues, great idea for balanced growth!

  9. Phil Bell October 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Brandon! What a small world! Jeremy is a great guy and we love Barakel!!! We are headed there this winter again! Say ‘hi’ to Doug and Dan from me!

    Phil <

  10. Beth October 11, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    This is why we all love Starbucks…

  11. Phil Bell October 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Nice Beth! Very Nice!

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