In order to be a good follower, one must have a certain level of discernment. A person must first know what they want to support, then be able to recognize the group or leader that best embodies their beliefs. It is important that a follower know exactly what they are getting into so that they do not find themselves in a situation unrelated to their cause or one they believe is negative. That means, researching a group or person and study them for a while before deciding to ‘hop on the bandwagon.’ This could be attending seminars, going on a website, reading up on the subject at hand and comparing it with the platform of the leader…etc.
A good follower must also be willing to make sacrifices for their leader. If a person says they truly believe in the values represented by their group, they should have no problem making sacrifices for them. This does not mean to blindly follow everything a person says or does without making sure it is something worth supporting. But it does mean that it is important to show support because the only way for a leader or group to get something done is if they have followers that will stick up for them when they are trying to make a change. The whole point of a follower is to stand behind someone else and do the things they do. Making sacrifices can also mean changing one’s lifestyle so that it matches up with what one says he or she believes.