Leaders are Excellent Followers

We capped off last week's leadership discussions with a pretty simple concept that's easy to overlook: every strong leader is also an excellent follower.

If you can't follow directions, how can you expect other people to follow your directions?

If you don't recognize the value of other people's initiative, why would someone else see the value in yours?

Most importantly, a good leader knows that he or she isn't the best at everything. Leaders are very capable people, and one of the leader's most important skills is recognizing times that someone else should take the lead. 

Remember, strong leadership doesn't mean always being the front of the line or the loudest voice. To be a strong leader you should always strive to be an effective part of the team, and sometimes that means following for a while.