Leadership is one side of the coin, the other is followership. One can’t function without the other. Someone describes leadership as,” … the ability of an individual or a group of people to influence and guide followers or members of an organization, society or team”. Another says it is ” ..the process of influencing and supporting others to work enthusiastically towards achieving objectives”. John Maxwell summarises it easy by saying that Leadership is influence. That’s one word that keeps popping out, no matter who describes the concept. The other side of leadership is followership. On April 14,2023, when we discussed the story of Achan, we said that, ” Successful followership involves following instructions, completing assigned tasks, supporting initiatives and being motivated”. Achan was a bad example, but this armour bearer was a good one. In the month of March,2023, we quoted David Abioye, a Nigerian Minister who says that, ” Leadership becomes rewarding and fulfilling more when followership is not by force. Forcing people to follow brings about frustration and hypocrisy but influencing them to follow results in transparency”. This was a transparent armour bearer. Listen to him: ” Do all that is in thine heart..”. God give us men. The follow up says that Johnathon told him to follow. Then the story heightens that Johnathan will strike them, the armour bearer will kill them. Did they exchange weapons? It sounds like the kind of thing Johnathan would do. Let’s not stretch that. By the end, it took God, Johnathan and his armour bearer. What a story to be told forever. Your God will send you followers to accomplish more, because you dared to trust in Him.
And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart. 1 Samuel 14:7 KJV