This video is a classic comedy jam packed with leadership truisms. To understand the importance and value of the first follower in a movement, let’s turn to the largest historic movement on record – Christianity. For the sake of comparison, we’ll consider Jesus to be the “Lone Nut,” or the “Shirtless Guy.” Who was His first follower?
Referencing Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14-16, and Acts 1:13, you will find the first twelve followers (the disciples) listed in the order they were called and chose to follow. Each passage reflects a different order in which Jesus called his first twelve, but each passage starts with the same first follower – Simon Peter. Who was this guy?
In Acts, Peter is portrayed as a model disciple for others to emulate. He is generally treated as a model for Christians to emulate as well. All the gospels describe Jesus as calling Peter the “rock” upon which His future church would be built. This may sound strange because the gospels also relate many examples of Peter’s faithlessness – for example, his three denials of Jesus.
Yesterday, we discussed leadership providing freedom for failure. Please note, we never discussed providing permission for failure. Leaders must have high expectations and never permit their followers to fail, but it will occur. Therefore the freedom to do so must be made available. Jesus made it available to His “rock” and first follower.
Who was your first follower? Who is courageously following your leadership and showing others how to follow? Are you reciprocating that effort by encouraging, supporting, and developing that person? Are you giving that person the freedom to make mistakes?
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw
– leading from a cornfield.