35 Quotes About Followership


Part of building a successful business requires an effective way of creating followership. Here are some great quotes about followership that are inspiring.

“A follower shares in an influence relationship among leaders and other followers with the intent to support leaders who reflect their mutual purposes.”

“Co-leadership should permeate every organization at every level.”

“Demand maximum effort from people.”

“Do I live as carelessly and worldly as unbelievers while professing to be a follower of Jesus? If so, I am exposing Christianity to ridicule and leading people to speak evil of the holy name by which I am called.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“Employees do a great deal more following than leading, even as leaders. For the most part, followership behaviors drive tactical successes. Leadership talents and skills propel strategic accomplishments.”

“Every adult, whether he is a follower or a leader, a member of a mass or of an elite, was once a child. He was once small. A sense of smallness forms a substratum in his mind, ineradicably. His triumphs will be measured against this smallness; his defeats will substantiate it.”

“Every true leader is a true follower. Every true follower is a true leader. You are followed because of the dreams you pursue; you pursue others because of the dreams they follow.”

“Followers are more important to leaders than leaders are to followers.”

“Followership does not mean changing the rank of followers but changing their response to their rank, their response to their superiors and to the situation at hand.”

“Followership is a discipline of supporting leaders and helping them to lead well.”

“Followership, like leadership, is a role and not a destination.”

“I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.”

“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”

“I was born a leader, never a follower. I never felt peer pressure. If the group goes left, I go right.”

“If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second.”

“If I had to reduce the responsibilities of a good follower to a single rule, it would be to speak truth to power.”

“If you believe lack of authority prevents you from leading effectively, it is time to rethink your understanding of leadership.”

“I’m a shepherd, not a sheep, and I’ve always prided myself on being a leader and not a follower.”

“I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.”

“I’m not a follower of this or that religious leader. More wars are started because of religious leaders, and people are following and they don’t know why… That is religiosity. That is what turns people into robots.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“It is not submission, but the wise and good care of leaders, done out of a sense of gratitude for their willingness to take on the responsibilities of leadership, and a sense of hope and faith in their abilities and potential.”

“It is the men behind who make the man ahead.”

“Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.”

“Leadership is the ability to make things happen.”

“Leadership obeys the principle of Hooke’s law to the very bone.”

“The difference between followers and leaders is that followers need leaders to help them follow what leaders themselves are following. This relationship takes the form of a shared response-ability to a shared calling. Both find each other in a true fellowship to create the world responsibly.”

“The leaders and followers of the Harlem Renaissance were every bit as intent on using Black culture to help make the United States a more functional democracy as they were on employing Black culture to ‘vindicate’ Black people.”

“The more people I am able to help, the more people are willing to help others. The more followers we have, the closer we are to a perfect world.”

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

“True leadership must have follower-ship. Management styles can vary, but even an autocrat needs people who believe and simply don’t follow from fear.”

“We all carry a responsibility to do what we can when it will make a difference.”

“You’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

Understanding your followership requires a certain level of effort and knowledgebase.