Do you participate only as a leader?

Do you tend to participate in groups only as a leader? Really think about this for a second. When was the last time that you weren’t a committee-chair or chapter-president or section-manager? Did you do well there? Did you thrive?

Or were you constantly frustrated, and did you ultimately quit out of disappointment or with a sense of failure?

The power of followership needs to be recognized in our toolbox, and the capacity for team-play needs to be fostered. We are taught that leadership is a noble trait, but when we are unable to transition between roles, we limit our teams, and ourselves.

Ask yourself, “Do I always have to be in charge?” If so, you haven’t yet experienced your highest and best, and you’re missing out on a lot of fun, too.

Check out this video, and then try things on the follow-side.

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Nathaniel is CEO of He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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