Dag Heward Mills

If you are a leader, make your followers love you. Do not make them resent you.

A good leader is surrounded by willing followers and servants. A good leader is surrounded by people who are glad to carry out his wishes. If you are a leader, look into the eyes of those who follow you. Are those eyes gleaming with eagerness or do they radiate resentment and bitterness? King David was surrounded by many mighty men. Many of them would have laid down their lives for him if he had asked them to.

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord

2 Samuel 23:15-16

What made David?s men so ready to give up their lives so that he could have a drink of water?

Look into the eyes of the people you want to lead. Do they love you? Are they genuinely happy to be with you and to follow you? What can you do to make the people who are following you genuinely willing to obey and to flow with you? All human beings have the unspoken desire to feel important, loved and respected.

How to Make Your Followers Love You and Not Resent You

1. Make people feel that they are genuinely respected by you.

Once a feeling of self-worth and genuine respect is there, you have gone a long way in making your followers love you. People naturally love those who respect them.

Transform the people who follow you into eminent, distinguished, celebrated and impressive men. Jesus transformed his followers into the great apostles that we know them to be. He promised them mansions in Heaven as well as many other rewards.

That?s how Jesus treated his followers. No wonder they died for him!

A true leader wants the people he is leading to become great. When the people you lead feel that in following you they will become great in this life, they will be very willing to stay close. Ask yourself these questions: Are the people who are following me going to amount to anything? Will they become great? Can they prosper in the system I have created? Can they become mighty men in the group I am leading? Is it the case that I am the only one who will ever experience a certain level of significance in ministry?

2. Sacrifice for your followers.

A true leader has willing followers. Decide from today to make the people around you enthusiastic about their jobs and their association with you. In order to do this you will have to sacrifice to make them happy. You must give them a future and a hope. When a congregation sees a pastor constructing a church building for them they become far more enthusiastic about the church.

But if they only see the pastor acquiring nice things for himself, their readiness to flow with him is severely compromised.

If you are a leader, pay good salaries and make sure that a person who works for you has a home, car and enough money.

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By Dag Heward-Mills

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