Follow The Leader

“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him” Mark Brouwer

Leader or Follower, who are you? Isn’t the follower as important as a leader? A leader is someone that have followers. A follower has the capacity or willingness to follow a leader. “Good followers support and aid the leader when he or she is doing the right thing, and stand up to the leader–having the courage to let the leader know when he or she is doing something wrong or headed in the wrong direction”. (Riggio,R. 2010) Being a good follower doesn’t make you a “sheep,” Kellerman says. The truth is that most of us are in followership roles regularly, perhaps in our families, social circles, religions, or other settings.(Kellerman,B. 208) Here are five skills you learn as a good follower that make you a better leader. Awareness,diplomacy,courage,collaboration and critical thinking. Being a follower is not a negative attitude to have. Everyone does not want to be a leader. People are happy being in a followership position. Being in a followership position  prepare those who want to be in a leadership position. Being a genuine leader, followers will model that leadership skill. R E. Kelly stated “instead of viewing followers as the “good soldiers” who carryout commands dutifully, we need to view followers as the primary defenders against toxic leaders or dysfunctional organizations.”Ducks Following Their Mother - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/istock-dk, Image #14793457

Reference

Kellerman B.(2008) Fellowership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders

Kelly R.E.(2008) Rethinking Fellowership

Riggio,R.E.(2010)

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