Here recently, I have seen how people are given opportunities to serve, but the way they reacted interfered with their chances to lead.
There are a few things I want to explain on what I have observed about followership.
A few of those things are how they represented themselves as they were serving, represented who they were serving (whether it be a person or a business), and how their work ethic is.
My grandpa has always taught me something growing up: to work hard at all times.
My grandpa was great at what he did at the church, and that was following. A lot of Sundays, he would stand in the lobby and hold the door for people as he gladly greeted them. And when it was time for service, he would help with taking up the offering and have fun doing it. He reflected all three of my points just by holding a door and helping with offering.
REPRESENTATION OF YOURSELF
By working with all of your heart and being optimistic about your work, people tend to notice those little things like that. By doing so, you are giving yourself a foot in the door in your leadership. You are showing others what you are capable of doing, even including your superiors.
The way you represent yourself could be that next job promotion, maybe that position you had always wanted. Just make sure you reflect something good about yourself.
REPRESENTATION OF WHO YOU ARE SERVING
This is very important, whether it be at work or church. The last thing you want to do is embarrass the one that you are working for. The way you reflect your business can affect that promotion. The way you represent your church or job can affect that promotion or position you had always wanted.
Be excellent in all that you do; that is what I have heard with every job I have had. Be the best, work the hardest, and master your craft. Get good at what you do, and things can play out good for you in the long run. You never know who you could meet along the way that can see how hard you work. A certain individual’s compliment could possibly be a new connection that can be your next stepping stone.
As for my grandpa, I want to share how him holding the door got him the opportunities it did. The first thing would be he worked his hardest at it, and always had a smile on his face. By keeping that smile on his face, he represented himself with a joyful spirit; and by being by the front door at the church, he was the first everyone would see as they entered the building. He represented himself and the church by holding the door. He also loved what he did, and so he got good at it.
By him doing his job with excellence, he became the head usher, and then eventually started teaching a class. He also worked with excellence in those roles as well, and because of that, I haven’t ever heard anything negative about him. I have heard nothing but good things.
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