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OPINION: Being a follower isn’t such a bad thing

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In a beehive, there are many types of bees, such as the queen bee, who can be considered the leader, and the worker bees, who have different duties like building or guarding the hive.

Now one might think the queen bee is the most important position because she is the one responsible for reproducing. On the contrary, the worker bees have an equally important job of protecting the hive and collecting nectar for the rest of the population of bees.

Similarly, in school situations such as group projects and quizzes, one does not necessarily have to be the leader to have the most importance in the group. In actuality, the workers also supplement a lot of the work.

To clear up misconceptions, followers are not just blind lackeys of someone who they feel is superior to them. Rather, they have their own choices to make, and the relationship with their leader is a cycle. Without followers, there can be no leader. Inversely, without a boss, the followers may be misguided in their efforts.

There are several traits ideal followers have that make them as valuable as the leader. First off, followers are efficient, and they get the work done on time. The leader has a responsibility to create work, so the followers should finish it.

Followers also possess faithfulness. This does not mean they are sidekicks of their leader, but rather, the followers are devoted to whatever cause they are working for, and the whole group (followers and leader) work together as a single unit, with the same goal in mind, in order to deliver a good project.

Now one might think, “All my life, my parents have told me to be a leader and not a follower.  If followers are so great, why are there only stories of great leaders?”

It is true that there are many inspirational stories of great leaders. One must consider, however, where the leaders would be if they did not have other people  standing beside them. Jobs and Wozniak, Gates and Allen, and Page and Brin are all examples of this situation. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates , and Larry Page all played crucial parts to the success of Apple, Microsoft, and Google respectively, but they are more famous than their respective counterparts due to the fact that they were the CEOs of their companies. In all actuality,  they might have not even been able  create their companies had they not had Steve Wozniak, Paul Allen, and Sergey Brin by their side.

The followers truly are an important asset of the workforce. In a beehive without worker bees, the colony would go extinct. In a huge company without workers, the company would not be able to release products and would go out of business. Ultimately, while the leader is definitely an important position, followers are what keep the the Earth spinning on its axis.

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2 Responses to “OPINION: Being a follower isn’t such a bad thing”

  1. Heather McCray on November 1st, 2017 3:02 am

    Being a follower who would think for you if you couldn’t help yourself- IS MUCH more efficient of humanity, than to have more “oh i keep this wheel going – its not my job to start the engine” type of blue collar gripes i’ve heard too many times and it appals me everytime-opinion.
    You don’t have to Become BOSSY, but just have the guts to trust their own split second decision, if it just effects one other person when in any type of undesirable or dangerous situation.
    What is going to happen when & not if they need to take the lead someday? could even mean life or death?
    I advise DO- “BE A LEADER, NOT A FOLLOWER, Young adult society today vastly differs from its pace of that not more than even seven years ago. And “monkey see, monkey do” is an syndrome treatable only with prescribed self worth from a nucleus of some fashion, especially here on such platform as this. That any one reader can find inadvertently while say making new friends, very well find themselves facing compromising positions of all sorts of types. They are making these critical personal decisions in hopes to find a place to “fit in”
    In the repertoire of your fundamental ability, you know your able to take the helm big or small load, if even for a moment, if and when it absolutely became necessary. You at least need to know how to boss up and try to save yourself or someone else. At this stage of life in the world, one must be able and willing to lend a hand. H.Y.M

  2. Sean on November 9th, 2017 11:44 am

    I agree; nice article Ankith. I don’t what I would do without all of my underlings!

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