From Follower to Leader

By Cory Davis

I’ve never had any ambition to lead. Following is so effortless, and I was unmotivated. I was letting job after job just pass me by. I became so disinterested in doing what others told me to do that I would stop caring about the position and the company all together. The problem I had was that my leaders weren’t leaders at all, just people who have worked at the company longer than everyone else.

To become a leader, it takes more than seniority. It takes trust in your company, and the employees working beneath you. When I first started seeing what a true leader was, I noticed that it wasn’t a position that is just given to you. I ended up taking a job at a small company, my supervisor met me outside on my first day and spent the first month working with me. Not only mentoring me, but actually doing the work with me. It made sense now, leading wasn’t barking commands at employees, it was motivating the employees to work hard on their own. As I continued working, I started to care about the company and my fellow employees.

Once you’re invested in a company, working hard becomes easy. During down time at work I started to learn other positions so I could help with any task. After doing this I started to see that other employees were lacking motivation and I started looking for ways to connect with them. I started guiding these employees much like my supervisor had done for me; I came to the realization that I was becoming a leader on my own.

Anyone can yell orders, but only a great leader can plant the seed of motivation in others and grow new leaders.


© 2014 Cory Davis



Author: lizstincelli

I am Liz Stincelli and I am passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. I am the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where I specialize in helping management teams learn new ways of looking at problems and finding new approaches to discovering solutions. I hold a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. I offer 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. I serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Westminster College. You can learn more about me by reading my blog here at: or Connect with me on Twitter @infinitestin, on Google+, and on LinkedIn. You can contact me by email at

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