First, I'm not sure how many people want to be THE Leader. Leaders, yes. But THE Leader? I hope the difference is understood. I'm not sure we're much different than dogs when it comes to determining the leader of the pack. Every Alpha dog has to earn the position. It's the responsibility of the other dogs to test the Alpha and make him prove his status. If I find myself thrown into a mix without choice, then the leader of that mix has to prove themselves. If leadership doesn't pass my tests I have two choices; 1)challenge for the role of THE Leader or 2) go follow someone else.
Then, Randy Harris shared some info on his blog from Scott Bessenecker’s book How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior.
"Scott says if you put 'leader' in a book search at Amazon you get 29000 hits! For 'Follower' you get 1000 hits and many of those are things like 'How to lead so others will follow'.Lastly, following seems to be as much of an art as leading. This is especially the case, when a boss doesn't possess the art of either.
But in the Gospels the word lead occurs only 21 times and most of the references are negative. The word follow occurs 86 times and most of the mentions are positive.
I cant help wondering if we aren't more interested in leadership than Jesus is. The best leaders are those who have learned to follow radically. After all, the invitation is not to 'come lead' but to 'follow me'."