No one can go where the leader has not yet gone.
I think that statement is overloaded with truth.
It is written all over the Bible. All over the world. All over our country.
As the leader goes, so go the followers.
This principle was really highlighted to me throughout 1 and 2 Kings. Every time, without fail, whichever way the King would go… the people would follow after.
Funny isn’t it? Where the leader goes… the followers go.
If you are a leader and like playing it safe… you wont have followers that take risks.
If you are a leader and like minimally challenging people… you wont have followers that conquer insurmountable obstacles.
If you are a leader and don’t meet up with God… you wont have followers that meet up with Him.
If you are a leader and are scared of change… you wont have followers that desire change.
Well… you may have followers that do take risks, challenge others, meet up with God, and hunger for change… but you wont have them for long. They will find someone else who is more effective and efficient.
Here is the bottom line… in the words of Perry Noble, “I don’t believe a compelling vision is nearly enough to move any organization forward. As the leader you MUST model what you cast. You MUST go before the people. You CANNOT expect the followers to go to a place that you have yet to enter yourself.”
I believe this gives us two principles.
1) If we desire to take our people somewhere, we must lead the way!
2) The people who follow us are exactly where WE have led them.
Two very sobering truths that we must keep in mind. We cannot call people to go somewhere that we have yet to go ourselves… and if we are frustrated with the location of our followers the only person to blame is ourselves.