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Following the Leader, the Leader, the Leader

When did being a “follower” become unpopular? When did we start using it as a way to dismiss someone’s cool-factor? When did we become so obsessed with leadership that we forgot a key component to leading is the following?

Yes, we all have places and domains in life where we lead; where we’re in charge. But those are far outweighed by the times in life when you’re the follower. And I’m not just talking about twitter trends.

What friends, authors, directors, artists, organizations, teams, products, ideas, companies do you follow? Who, sometimes without even realizing it I bet, have you given permission to speak into the way you do, think about, and consume life?

Why are you allowing them to do that? How did they earn that position? Are you glad they’re there?

What kind of follower are you? What does it mean to be good at following?

What if we started intentionally thinking about following? What if we taught people how to do it well? Not in place of teaching leadership, but alongside it.

What if we changed the negative association we have with following and instead of avoiding or denying it, we got better at it?

Tune in today to your following identity. Maybe start with whatever product you’re reading this post on. And then maybe what you listen to in the car. Or where you get the food you’ll eat today. What book will you pick up to read tonight before bed?

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About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.

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