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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bad Leadership's Perfect Ingredient

I recently read about Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler in the book, "Followership." In the book, the author repeatedly asked the question, "If there was no Hitler, would there have ever been a Nazi Germany?" -Good question. That is almost impossible to answer, but there is still something interesting about the question that needs attention. Have you ever noticed how people love to place a single person in the limelight? Whether things are going smoothly or turning scary, you can usually find a single person to blame. For example, if you think of 9/11 you will most undoubtedly think of Osama Bin Laden. Whether good or bad, we love to place blame or honor on one person. My question is: Is this fair? Could Hitler or Osama ever have pulled off the terror they accomplished by themselves? ... Of course not. Followers are extremely important and according to Barbara Kellerman, "Bad leaders cannot possibly do what they do without bad followers." In every case, a bad leader has a trail of bad followers behind them that is not willing to stand up for what is right. It has been said that in order for evil to spread, good people just have to do nothing. Think about this, have you ever noticed how evil never takes a day off? It seems like the people who have an evil agenda work tirelessly to pursue it and more often than not, decent people just live day by day, not advancing something worthwhile. What is the point of all of this? Do not allow yourself to be the ingredient that bad followers use to create ugliness in this world. Live for a Godly purpose. Pursue reconciliation, the Fruit of the Spirit, and the things that promote Kingdom Values. .

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