Defining Followership

Followership is the art and skill of effectively following a leader towards the achievement of a vision.

Followership can exist in many contexts from sports teams to a formal work office to a church volunteer based project.  Followership, however, does not mean that you blatantly follow with no thoughts or comprehension about what is actually going on (Bjugstad, Thach, Thompson, & Morris, 2006, p. 304).  Why is followership important?  Even though followership is not something that is commonly researched or regarded as a skill to strive for, business thinkers and strategists agree that the success of leaders is highly dependent upon the ability of followers (Lundin & Lancaster, 1990, p. 18).

1 Samuel Bible

It is Okay to Hurt When we Have Done Good

Today we are continuing our study of the early years of David’s life in 1 Samuel. What we read about in 1 Samuel are key years in David’s formation as a young man and future leader of the nation of Israel. These stories are also of tremendous importance to us as leaders because many of us, like David, have a leader we are working to faithfully serve. 

Hurt and Pain
We pick up the story of David in 1 Samuel 19 where King Saul urges his son and servants to kill David. (This was not good!) You may read 1 Samuel 19 here online, or you can just follow my summary below.