Many companies, speakers, and teachers encourage leadership. Be a great example, make a difference, go against the flow. Messages such as these are common.
However, I wonder if there can be a positive side of being a follower. After all, don’t we need followers as well as leaders?
Many people might say that there is no benefits to following. You are a pushover or settling. Perhaps you are labeled with other unkind names or seen as contributing nothing to society.
Yet, there are followers who actually get the work done. A leader has a vision which matches your own. Is it wrong to follow his or her idea and help accomplish the common dream? No, that certainly seems like a good idea. It is more efficient than you both doing your own things.
Followers are good listeners and have great wisdom. They often know what is a good idea to support and what will not work. Sometimes they know this better than a leader. Having these wise people is often what makes a leader successful.
So, should there be a stigma on following? No. Should everyone follow all of the time? No, but neither should someone lead all of the time. A balance is needed in this area of life as all others.