Last night’s #LeadershipChat on Twitter revolved around the topic of The Difficult Follower and how to lead them. Toward the end of the evening I asked the LeadershipChat community, “As leaders, what is the biggest challenge you face with your followers?”
I found the answers insightful, refreshing in their honesty, surprising and in some cases truly inspiring and wanted to share them with each of you. Please let me know in the comments what you think about these responses and if they resonate with you.
As leaders, what is the biggest challenge you face with your followers?”
Note_to_CMO: Biggest challenge is ensuring everyone stays “at cause” for brand/co. Easy to fall off when you feel disconnected.
samfiorella: Biggest Challenge I face with my followers: ME. I honestly believe that 90% of challenges w/followers are rooted in Leader.
CASUDI: Getting everyone on the team to be self motivated as well as good followers ~ challenge
tomschimmer: Biggest challenge is sustainability/going 2 scale. It’s easy 2 B excited early on…what happens when we face an obstacle?
JanelleBowden: Building trust
loismelbourne: Toughest job to help mgrs understand the diff between leadership and managment
joesabado: That a follower is difficult is subjective from a leader’s perspective. A leader must look at the strengths of a follower.
And my favorite response because of the way it lifted me…
greghartle: Biggest challenge: Tapping into the extraordinary power lying dormant within yourself and others
What do you think? Do these resonate with you? Is something glaringly missing? Please share your own experiences, insights and follower challenges in the comments so we’ll all be able to learn from them – I appreciate hearing from you!
Photo is Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings? by Tony the Misfit.