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Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg

It feels like there's a lot of talk within the Christian culture these days about Leadership. What is it? What is a good leader? How are you challenging yourself as a leader?

Something about that really bothers me…and it has for a while.

It's not that I necessarily have a problem with leadership training. What I'm concerned about and asking myself is: "When we go for this training, are we really just seeking after leadership as a means to feed our ego?" Much of the training around leadership works on a premise of assumed humility. That's a risky presumption given that pride is the root of our fallen nature and we're very bad at recognizing it in ourselves.

At the end of the day, the best leaders are the best followers of Jesus Christ. They earn leadership by following Him wholeheartedly. They don't jump past following in order to lead and they don't follow, just so that they can lead. They single-mindedly follow Jesus and His example and as a side-effect, they lead.

So I wonder if we couldn't save ourselves the thousands of dollars that we as Christians pour into leadership training and simply focus in on what we've always had right in front of us, the perfect example of how to be a follower.

P.S. If anyone is looking to run a Followship conference, I'm there.