Followship is a Goal of Leadership

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;

  1. The selfless pursuit of
    • Learning
    • Professing
    • Living the truth
  2. 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
  3. Through an unconditional love for:
    • Your God
    • Your Neighbor
    • Your Self

This fulfills our need to satisfy our entire being of;

  1. mind – pursuit of the truth
  2. body – serving others
  3. soul – unconditional love

Opening the three abilities of mankind

  1. mental
  2. physical
  3. spiritual

Uniting our three personas;

  1. spiritual
  2. professional
  3. personal

There are only three roles of participation;

  1. leader
  2. follower
  3. disinterested third party

We have the three pillars of a servant leader;

  1. agreement of the truth
  2. acceptance of the truth
  3. endorsement of the truth

We even divide the people who follow a servant leader into three groups;

  1. the people to whom the leader reports
  2. the people who report to the leader
  3. the leader’s family and friends

There are three steps to physically building a winning team one person at a time;

  1. attract
  2. train
  3. retain quality people

There are three roles of development that every leader must oversee;

  1. teach
  2. train
  3. coach

To do this the leader must routinely demonstrate these three character traits;

  1. courage
  2. integrity
  3. honesty

These traits satisfy the needs of the follower by;

  1. alleviating their fears
  2. building a sense of honor
  3. 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”

Author: Anthony Boquet

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, a native of South Louisiana and a resident of Franklin, TN. For 37 years he has been happily married to Toni Ann. They have two children, Thomas and Tiffany and three adorable grandchildren, Madison, Blake and Tyler. His hobbies include writing and reading, playing guitar, instructing TaeKwonDo and self-defense classes in HapKiDo, and riding motorcycles. Published Author “Bloodline of Wisdom, An Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” Released through Bush Publishing. A regular contributor in the Christian Family Publications and numerous financial journals and publications He holds multiple professional credentials bestowed by The American College of Financial Services Member of: St. Philip’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree The American College Alumni Association The Society of Financial Service Professionals Graduate: Purdue University Professional Management Institute Experiences includes: Adjunct Instructor on Leadership, Ethics, and Insurance related topics Financial Planner / Estate Planner Dynamic Public Speaker Faith and Business instructor on Ethical and Moral Wisdom Board Member of various Non-Profit organizations Business leader for 34 years Expert witness in insurance related court cases He is currently a Vice President at The American College Tony is excited to be finalizing work on his second book.

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