The young Illinois senator argued his right to lead and the world paid attention. At that point, nobody sold the concept of hope like Obama. He earned the respect for it and eventually became president.
In the 21st century, with wide-spread democratic thinking, followers are more empowered than ever and following is voluntary. People follow leaders that they respect.
We tend to gravitate towards those strong enough to pull us up. They are usually stronger, better and more advanced than we are at that level. This agrees with John Maxwell’s Law of Respect that states: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves.
As a leader, your decision to keep growing enhances your capacity to provide solutions. These solutions add value to others, position you to lead and give you the respect that permits following.