Lead, follow, fellowship

Via Johnnie Moore, this post from Deaglan on fellowship. Johnnie points out that we all want to be leaders. But who wants to be a follower? Applied to a group of people it's an either/or framing of the issue and not terribly attractive.

As Deaglan notes, the word fellowship has a long history of use in faith communities as a way to describe an interaction between equals. It's nice to see it resurrected alongside leadership because it speaks of mutuality and equal regard, qualities that too often are in short supply.

Used appropriately, it can also replace the bumper sticker sentiment "lead, follow or get out of the way" with another, much more satisfying emotion,

"Welcome."