I love unique words and each year new ones are created, liked or disliked by average people like me and you. As a matter of fact, I created a word for my replacement of the word “problem-solver”. I have never liked that word because it elevates the problem above the solution; at least it does so in my mind. So, the word “Solutionary” was born in 2009. Today its popularity continues to grow.
As a student of leadership, I have studied leadership for a little over thirty years and recently the term “followship” been growing in usage as a word that describes the practice of following a leader.
I LOVE IT!…mainly, because the entire premise builds off the power of the wisdom of three. It guides a Solutionary along the ultimate path that leads to a successful life.
This aspiration can only be reached through the obtainment of three area of focus;
- The selfless pursuit of
- Living the truth
- Using the truth in the service to others by
- Doing what’s right
- Doing the best we can
- Treating others the way we wish to be treated
- Through an unconditional love for:
- Your God
- Your Neighbor
- Your Self
This fulfills our need to satisfy our entire being of;
- mind – pursuit of the truth
- body – serving others
- soul – unconditional love
Opening the three abilities of mankind
Uniting our three personas;
There are only three roles of participation;
- disinterested third party
We have the three pillars of a servant leader;
- agreement of the truth
- acceptance of the truth
- endorsement of the truth
We even divide the people who follow a servant leader into three groups;
- the people to whom the leader reports
- the people who report to the leader
- the leader’s family and friends
There are three steps to physically building a winning team one person at a time;
- retain quality people
There are three roles of development that every leader must oversee;
To do this the leader must routinely demonstrate these three character traits;
These traits satisfy the needs of the follower by;
- alleviating their fears
- building a sense of honor
- instilling trust.
All of these go hand in hand and all are very important in shaping a quality leader. In this article we will dig deeper into what it really means for a leader to have a practice of followship.
It is my belief that before someone is worthy of being followed, they must first prove to be a good follower them self. By being a loyal follower one learns what it means to honor, respect and trust someone else. These lessons are critical in our own personal development as well as in building a high producing team dynamic that every leader desires.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”