Don’t be afraid to follow.

I was recently given a shirt that has a slogan on it that states Never Follow, Always Lead. I understand the messaging, and it means well, but at the end of the day, I 100% disagree with this messaging. Being a leader is vital and important to your success, there is no question, but the best leaders I have met are typically the best students and best followers of other leaders until they can become a leader of their own. So telling people to never follow and always lead is misleading. If you want to be a great leader, learn how to follow first, and take what you learn to then move out front to become the best leader you can be.

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