It does not take a title to become a leader but by virtue of certain titles appointed to us by life or by office and or expectations, we become leaders. Some of the greatest leaders are hidden in the shadow of the limelight or are cloaked as follower but with uncanny abilities to make appointed leaders follow their ways.
It does not take a title or a label either to be a follower, for even leaders have to follow and or be guided by others. The danger of being a follower is that it is a label that can become you, if you allow it to be so. It is a sign post that can lead you in the wrong direction or to places and into relationships, that can only bestow misery upon you and that is where common sense and the strong mind of your own leadership and self come into play.
In the beginning we have to be followers, but at some point in life, we do have to become our own leaders. I say that we are all followers in the beginning, because we all come into the world as children and even if destined to be a leader there is a path that has to be followed and others to follow down that path. Some become leaders, some become rebels and then leaders and some simply become of their own mind or follow the minds of others. It is the learning path in the beginning and the growing up path that leads us all to who we become. There are those that will guide you down a good path and those that may lead you down the wrong path.
To learn anything, there must be teachers. That makes teachers leaders also but once upon a time they were also followers and may still follow certain doctrines. The true and great leaders of nations, of men of people and of others have always had great teachers. Your parents have always been your teachers, until a certain point in life when you became your own rebel or of your own mind, follower or leader of others. That makes parents leaders as well.
We are followers and we are all leaders or can be either. The role fluctuates back and forth depending on capacity, environment and circumstances. Some play the role of leader in any capacity, environment or circumstances, because they have learnt to lead, want to lead and know how to persuade others to follow them. Some play the role of leader because nature and the universe have appointed them as guardians of other souls and make them responsible to lead as parents, teachers or in some other capacity as caretakers of the future. Some play the role of followers, because each cause and every leader needs followers.
We as a people elect our leaders and make them responsible for governing states and nations. Elected leaders will hopefully lead the people in the right direction but also have to follow certain rules, regulations, policies and the law. We as a people, each have to lead our own lives and how we lead our own lives now, irrespective of who is in power, will determine the path of our own lives tomorrow and the lives of those that depend on us to lead or guide them. The decisions that we wake up and make today as our own leaders, will decide not only our own fate but the path that those around us and after us, will follow.
It is always easier to follow than to lead, for with leadership comes great responsibilities and burdens
that all leaders in any capacity must bear by themselves or with but a chosen few. It is easier to follow than to lead in any capacity, for it is also easy to expect someone else to make things better for you and fix problems for you, rather than doing so yourself. It is easier to lay blame for all that goes wrong in your life on the leader, rather than take any ownership for or of what went wrong. There is no better qualified person in the world to lead your own life, than you are.
Wake up and realize that you are a leader and have to be your own leader. Even more importantly wake up and feel like you want to be your own leader. As a follower try not to follower any leader down the wrong path. As a leader, light the path well for those who have to follow you or your guidance. Wake up and be a good example to others.