Leaders follow other leaders in the same mission.

When leaders are in the same space, they must specialize their focuses to support the mission. In doing so, conflict may occur, but the best leaders can also let others lead in areas that are not their specific focus areas.

Leaders can do this by:

  1. Identifying their priorities within the shared purpose and not chasing every possible priority or focus area.
  2. Quickly support other leaders. Where this is difficult, consider why the other leader warrants skepticism, and whether you need to improve feedback.
  3. Provide non-blocking feedback. Enable other leaders by sharing perspective without trying to control their actions.


  1. Will Larson, “To Lead, You Have to Follow.,” May 25, 2020, https://lethain.com/to-lead-follow/. (See notes.)