Honor is a lost art today.
Disclaimer: When I talk about honoring your leader, I primarily have in mind the leadership model Jesus left us, which is servant leadership. I personally strive to be the best servant leader I can be for the leaders I lead and followers I serve. Servant leadership is the leadership style preferred at Restore Church when we empower leaders to serve in our church and for our community.
Followership 101 is to respect your leader by learning from them, looking up to them, listening to them, encouraging them, praying for them, defending them, appreciating them, obeying them, supporting them and sacrificing for them.
You can’t fully excel as a follower if you don’t learn to honor your leaders. Not to mention, your ability to be a leader is based on how well you do as a follower in life.
A leader who is honored leads at his or her highest capacity. When a leader is honored, it makes everything he or she is leading better. You and everyone on the team will feel the residual effects of honoring your leader.
Honoring the leadership God has placed over you is serving your leadership. When you dishonor your leader, you are abusing the authority you have as a follower of the leader. You have no real authority if you do not operate under the authority of the leadership above you. Honor is always the best move to make as a follower.
At Restore Church, we have a new saying: Honor up, honor down & honor all around.
1. Honor up :: Show love and respect to the people God has placed above you. Be proactive for them. Be in prayer for them. Be positive around them and about them. Be a participant in the implementation of the vision and/or plan to execute.
2. Honor down :: Serve the people well that God has allowed you the privilege to lead. Care for them. Communicate with them. Coordinate with them. Be down to earth for them. Love them when they are hard to love. Don’t act like you are too good for them. Be humble when they start following and stay humble so they don’t stop following you.
3. Honor all around :: As Christians, the apostle Paul calls us to mutually submit (Ephesians 5:21) to one another no matter if you are the leader or the follower, a husband or a wife, a parent or a child, a teacher or the student. Always surrender your right to be right to the people around you as you submit to God.