A lot more focus is placed on leading in comparison to following. Just think about it, how many followership seminars have you attended recently? Get the idea?
More seminars and conferences on leadership are held every year in comparison to followership because it is widely acknowledged that the growth of an organization is tied to its leadership. John Maxwell says in his book – 21 irrefutable Laws of Leadership that “Everything rises and falls on Leadership.” 
This is true as the role of leadership cannot be over emphasized. However most successful leaders were not born that way, they developed leadership skills in the process of effectively following others. Lt Col Sharon M. Latour and Lt Col Vicki J. Rast both of the United States Airforce (USAF) made the following statements in an article titled Dynamic Followership, Prerequisite for Effective Leadership.
“Developing dynamic followership is a discipline. It is jointly an art and a science requiring skill and conceptualization of roles in innovative ways—one perhaps more essential to mission success than leader development. Without followership, a leader at any level will fail to produce effective institutions. Valuing followers and their development is the first step toward cultivating effective transformational leaders.”
I agree with this completely as it is in effective followership that great leadership is developed. While it is true that not all followers make great leaders, great leaders need good, mature followers to be successful.
Can you imagine Moses without Joshua, Elijah without Elisha, Saul without David? Joshua, Elisha and David were leaders who at one time had the responsibility of being followers or assistants to great leaders who blazed the trail in their spheres of influence.
Moses was a trail blazer, he wrote the Mosaic Law under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of his time, Saul was the first king of Israel and yet we see that in terms of accomplishments, their “followers” Joshua, Elisha and David accomplished even more than they did. Effective, progressive and mature followers who have mastered the skill of followership end up becoming great leaders themselves.
Now thats true talk……
Except from my book ~ Discovering Followership- The Neglected Secret of Getting Ahead in Life.