The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.
A leader without followers is merely taking a walk.
John Maxwell perfectly defined what leadership was when he said, “Leadership is influence.”
By birth, men are leaders. As a man, you are positioned for leadership. You’re given the authority with that position. However, if you’re not a good leader, you will lose your followers.
The first king of Israel, Saul was chosen and given the position of king because he was a humble man; however, in the course of time, his position went to his head. He began to think of himself more highly than he should—he became arrogant. The larger that he grew in his head, the smaller his influence became in his kingdom. Then when a young shepherd boy named David arrived on the scene—men began to follow David and women began to sing songs about David—Saul’s insecurities caused him to lose his mind.
It is tempting for leaders to get so focused on the benefits of their position rather than humbly accepting the responsibility of leadership.
I’ve seen men do this on a much smaller scale regarding their wives and families. They throw around their position as the “man of the house” without living up to the responsibilities of being the man of the house. They lose the respect of their wives and experience the mockery of their children.
With leadership comes the responsibility of the position.