At the last Protege Huddle of the 2009-2010 class, I shared some final thoughts on leadership. One thing I encouraged them to do was to develop the skill of following well.
If we want to lead, we must first learn to follow and to be faithful to the vision of another. I’m convinced that God will not release us to run after our own visions until we have learned to embrace, honor, and help implement the vision of another.
Sometimes following well means following someone we don't like or don't respect. It may even mean following someone who is less gifted or skilled than you are. Think about David's respect for and faithful service to Saul or Daniel's service in the Babylonian court. If we truly believe in the faithfulness and sovereignty of God, we can trust that He will get us where we are supposed to go when we are supposed to get there.
Anyone can bail when the going gets tough or the leader makes bad decisions. It takes a great leader in the making to remain loyal and to follow well.