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Leadership OUT❌ Followership INβœ…β“β“πŸ€”

What? Since when? πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈβœ”οΈTake a look at a blurb from the article titled “Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers” by Susan Cain.


“Our elite schools overemphasize leadership partly because they’re preparing students for the corporate world, and they assume that this is what businesses need. But a discipline in organizational psychology, called β€œfollowership,” is gaining in popularity. Robert Kelley, a professor of management and organizational behavior, defined the term in a 1988 Harvard Business Review article, in which he listed the qualities of a good follower, including being committed to β€œa purpose, principle or person outside themselves” and being β€œcourageous, honest and credible.” It’s an idea that the military has long taught.

Recently, other business thinkers have taken up this mantle. Some focus on the β€œromance of leadership” theory, which causes us to inaccurately attribute all of an organization’s success and failure to its leader, ignoring its legions of followers. Adam Grant, who has written several books on what drives people to succeed, says that the most frequent question he gets from readers is how to contribute when they’re not in charge but have a suggestion and want to be heard. β€œThese are not questions asked by leaders,” he told me. β€œThey’re fundamental questions of followership.” Team players are also crucial. ” You can read the full article here.


Hmmmm well this article certainly goes against what’s typically drilled into everyone’s heads specifically kids who are entering high school.πŸ€” I always thought it seemed so insincere and obvious that kids load up on clubs just for the few years so they can load up their college resumes πŸ“„ and burn themselves out just so they can get into college and drop them all. But I wonder how it would realistically pan out for college applicants to “tout their horns” as great followers. But like the article says while you need great leaders, leaders would have nothing to lead without great followers. Followers are definitely important to help execute and carry out great leaders ideas. I’m kinda liking this idea of giving “followship” some recognition, when we use it for the right purposes. Followship, just to go along with the cool kids and be like everyone else is lame to me. But Followship used to achieve goals and make a difference in this world seems different. πŸ†


Case in point: politics. While I have a new found passion and I’m learning everyday on the “job”, I believe that followship will be very rewarding for me. πŸ™‹πŸ½ I’m happy and eager to learn alongside others, leaders and leaderships kinds, as I happily and proudly take on a Followship role. πŸ‘πŸ½Then again you never know where life takes you…from followship can come leadership. But for now I like how this article gives you a “pass”, or the guilt free option, that says the view from the top is not always what it’s about. πŸ‘πŸ½

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