The Bible was written years before Harvard Business School made an attempts to study on followership. Barbara Kellerman reports about Prof. Zaleznik and colleagues who ” classified subordinates into one of four types according to two sets of variables—dominance versus submission and activity versus passivity.” The verses above show the two sets of variables that Saul’s Kingship, and perhaps every true leadership may encounter. Functional leadership works with the responsive group and holds its peace towards the difficult and passive. No leader has a hundred percent support from the led. The wisdom is to maximize the submissive and willing. In the same article, ” Chaleff placed subordinates into one of four categories based on the degree to which the follower supports the leader and the degree to which the follower challenges the leader.” Our concern is not the academic arguments but the spiritual awareness to handle the non supportive group and win. It takes Gods wisdom for a leader to know how to tread between the two. Bible says, Saul held his peace. What the enemy is looking for is your emotional display. Don’t let the enemy have. Emotional display may satisfy you, but will alienate others from following you. Don’t increase that percentage of non followers. In the end, every great leader succeeds despite the group that despise them. Please share your testimonies on this matter.
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace. 1 Samuel 10:26-27 KJV