As children, we learn to communicate naturally by trial and error. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, gives us a perfect example when Max’s mother calls him “WILD THING!” and Max says, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” At that point, she sends Max to bed without his supper. Then, as we often do, he sails off in his dreams to another land where Wild Things live. He creates a rumpus until he tires of playing and tells the Wild Things, “Now stop!” Having his boat anchored back home where he is loved and where he can now smell dinner, Max decides to sail back home.
While leadership sounds appealing, many consider following to be subservient. “I’ll never be a follower” is a statement we often hear. In the course, Follower Skills, Danette High states, “We will spend far more of our lives following than leading. Following is not a place to let your guard down, or to take a break from leadership.”