How You Respond Matters to Your Followers

How You Respond Matters to Your Followers

When you respond to those you lead, know what stage they are in learning their craft. Your followers are going to be at one of these four:

  • Novice
  • Apprentice
  • Journey-man
  • Master

This translates to where you work, in a non-profit, in church world and in marriage.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all response in leadership.

Those who follow you, need something from you. It might be instruction. It might be encouragement. But they’re going to need something from you today, that will be different from what they’ll need four years from now… Today they might be a novice in how they do the task they’re assigned. Years from now they’ll know their task so well, they can teach it to someone else. How you respond to them today will be totally different in a few years.

How do we know this?

In marriage there are stages of learning also.

Sometimes we assume a husband and wife can tackle every task in marriage as well as the other – especially if they’ve been married for a while. But that’s not the case. Every spouse has areas where they’ve mastered something, and the other spouse has no clue how it’s done…

In the last year as we’ve been traveling, Robert and I have come across this difficulty in one area of our marriage.

We wrote about our challenges over at Lead Like Jesus – in the article: 


Click on the title link to read the article on the Lead Like Jesus blog!

You might get a chuckle or two out of our mishaps!

Lead Like Jesus blog post Leadership Stages in Marriage