Complying with versus following the leader

If we define spirituality in terms of acknowledging the meaning and purpose that transcend us, then our practice of spirituality is in essence a sharing of ourselves with others. Self-with-others.

Thus, to follow a leader out of fear is merely compliance, and is not fully authentic.

But to follow a leader because we are inspired is not merely compliance. Rather, it points to a sense of meaning, purpose, and spirituality, where we realize that our mission is not selfish but self-with-others.

In this way, a full and authentic performance of “followership” is as meaningful as “leadership”. To follow does not mean to be a slave to a dictator nor a fanatic to a cultic god. Rather, it is an exercise of our personal responsibility towards flourishing – that we commit to supporting a role model who spiritually inspires us.


Matthew 8:18-22. Follow me

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 178: JUNE 27, 2022]

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