The words ‘followers’, ‘disciples’ or ‘devotees’ give much room for abuse of the relationship to a guru.
The fact that millions of people follow something is no proof that this action is good. Many people followed Hitler, too, but you cannot say that he was right!
I don’t like the word ‘follower’ or ‘disciple’. Guru simply means teacher, so if you have the need for a teacher, a guru, why don’t you call yourself student? Rather than being a follower who follows blindly like a sheep, you should be a student, eager to learn more, enthusiastic for getting more knowledge and experience.
Real followers always need someone to follow. When they get disappointed by the person they are following, they search for another one.