Why following is good for you

The “Western” way suggests being a leader is ideal, but it doesn’t mean you can’t follow others too. Many philosophies recommend valuing everyone equally to maximise success, in relationships, in life and at work, which also means sharing leadership. Nobody knows best all the time.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said: “All streams flow to the sea because it lies below them” and apparently meant that good leaders are able to follow others without seeing following as an act of weakness.

In real life, good leaders employ and manage people with more talent and experience than themselves, and we take the advice of people who may be paid or educated less, for their specific knowledge and skills. You wouldn’t try leading yourself through the wilderness, rebuilding your house, or training to climb Everest without guidance.