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The Nature of Good and Bad Followership
Transcript of The Nature of Good and Bad Followership
and Bad Followership By
Emily Scheevel Why is this important to leadership? Understanding the role of a follower allows you to become a better leader. Leaders are
followers too. Leaders are examples
to followers, and vice versa. God calls us to
follow him. Bad Followership:
Aristotle Bad Followership:
Erasmus Bad Followership:
Machiavelli Good Followership:
Aristotle Who is a good
Follower? Good Followership:
Confucius Good Followership:
Erasmus "You cannot follow without
a leader; you cannot lead
without followers." Characteristics of a good follower:
Graceful “In the presence of a good man, think all the time how you may learn to equal him. In the presence of a bad man, turn your gaze within.” (IV, 17)
“When gentlemen deal generously with their own kin, the common people are incited to goodness” (VII, 2)
“First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors...” (IX, 24)
“Culture is just as important as inborn qualities.” (XII, 8)
“If you (the ruler) desire what is good, the people will at once be good.” (XII, 19)
“What I call a great minister is one who will only serve
his prince while he can do so without infringement
of the Way, and as soon as this is
(XI, 23) "The goodness and performance of man ...reside in whatever is his proper function." (Book 1, Chapter 7)
"The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune may bring, and will always act as nobly as circumstances permit." (Book 1, Chp. 12)
"Praise is proper to virtue or excellence, because it is excellence that makes men capable of performing noble deeds."(Book 1, Chp 13)
"A morally strong man is the kind of person who
does nothing contrary to the dictates of reason
under the influence of bodily pleasures."
(Book 7, Chp. 10) “A large section of the masses are swayed
by false opinions.” p. 13 “In the service of one’s prince, repeated scolding can only lead to loss of favour...” (IV, 26)
“The moral power of the middle use...is but rarely found amoung the common people” (VI, 27)
“The common people can be made to follow [the Way]; they cannot be made to understand it.”
“I have never seen anyone whose desire to
build up his moral power was as strong
as his sexual desire.” (IX, 17) "The common run of people and the most vulgar identify [life] with pleasure, and for that reason are satisfied with a life of enjoyment." (Book 1, Chp. 5)
"The common run of people are misled by pleasure." (Book 3, Chp. 5)
"A morally weak man acts under the influence of some kind of reasoning and opinion...opposed to right reason." (Book 7, Chp. 4)
Now every wicked man is in a state of ignorance as to what he ought to do and what he should refrain from doing, and it is due to this kind of error that men become unjust and, in general, immoral."
(Book 3, Chp. 1) Being a leader and a follower is a reciprocal trait.
A leader is judged by the actions of their followers. “If you lead me Lord, I will follow
Where you lead me Lord, I will go
Come and heal me Lord, I will follow
where you lead me Lord, I will go” Who is a bad
follower? Characteristics of a bad follower:
Cannot think on their own
No moral backbone
Ill-natured “Noble and confident spirits do not tolerate despotism with good grace.” p.29
“What else is a kingdom but a large family, and what is a king but the father of very many people?” p.34 As "baby" leaders, beginning our journey into leadership roles and expanding our leadership style, we are also following from those who have led the way before us.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (NIV)
Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord directs his steps.” (NIV) Good Followership:
Xenophon Good Followership:
Machiavelli Fearing the prince
Satisfied with the status quo
praise generosity, compassion and piety
willingly change masters for the good
a sense of need of the prince
according to Machiavelli, a follower obeys,
appreciates, and accepts the Prince and his
demands, and is okay with submitting,
even if you disagree with commands. Must be nurtured
Must be vulnerable and open to their leader
Followers have a voice “Cyrus was deeply pleased as he listened.” (p.92)
This makes the followers closer to the leader and more personable
They feel more comfortable and are able to communicate and solve problems
Treats his neighbor with honor and respect and be in community
You must work together to follow your leader to be an effective and good follower
A good follower keeps the law and resists the wicked.
Teamwork and communication is key to making good leaders
and followers successful.
A good follower is humble, and does not expect
recognition for actions.
Looks up to his leader. Law Abiding
Praiseworthy Characteristics (virtues) Bad Followership:
Confucius Bad Followership:
Xenophon They were so out of the loop they could not handle anything without their leader
They did not know how to imitate him
They idolized their leader; put him on a pedestal Those who are not bound to the prince, because of their own ambition
Hating the prince
Rising up against the prince
Deceitfulness Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 17:16 Why should fools
have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to