Follow the Leader; How To Be a Passionate and Real Leader

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With this blog, I want to talk about what leads people to follow you as a leader. 

I want to focus on three focal points, and briefly introduce those three things that can help you lead passionately while still remaining true to who you are.

As leaders, there are things we want to accomplish and things we want to do. However, we can’t accomplish these things if we don’t know the following: who we are, what we have to offer, and our vision.

Who You Are

As leaders, we must be comfortable with who we are. Without this step, it is hard to have that foundation of boldness that we need to lead people. We need to know our weaknesses, what we are good at, and what we have to offer.

What You Have to Offer

What are some things that you can offer to your leadership? What do you have to bring to the table that can benefit your team? Knowing your gifts and talents can be beneficial for others because if you know something someone else doesn’t, why keep it to yourself? 

It is our role as leaders to train people to be able to take up a role after us. We are not going to be the same thing forever or at the same place all the time. We must do our part in helping to raise the new generation and teach from our mistakes.

Your Vision

This is probably the most important one here. This is what drives you. This is what drives the people that follow you, and that is your vision. Vision is very valuable to the mission, the one that you have always wanted to accomplish.

When people see a passionate leader, who is challenging themselves every day, people notice that. In a few of Craig Groeschel’s podcast, he says one thing at the end that I like, and it goes like this:

1 “People would rather follow a leader who is always real, rather than always right.”

People would rather follow a leader who is always real, rather than always right.”

Craig Groeschel

Just be who you are, admit when you are wrong, and accept humbling times. It may be difficult at times, but don’t sell yourself short of how strong and capable you really are. You just need to know when to be transparent to the people that are following you; there is a time and place for everything.

1. Craig Groeschel: How to Become a Leader People Want to Follow.


Joshua Sauls — author of The Red Barn blog — is passionate about serving God and reaching out to the lost and the broken. Through his blog, Josh shares wisdom he’s gleaned during his lifetime and hopes to help people on their journey through life and their walk with Christ. 

Joshua also serves in the U.S. Air Force, and is working towards becoming a minister

You can find Josh on instagram @joshua.sauls 

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