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INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION'S FOLLOWERSHIP COMMUNITY OF LEARNING

 

where those with curiosity about followership and leader-follower relations can explore these subjects in whatever depth they choose through a forum, study groups, relevant news and events, research, shared projects and resource links.

 

Registered users can enter information directly and make collaborative decisions about what this site contains and how it functions. Anyone may browse but those who wish to participate by posting and editing information should contact one of the administrators, Ira Chaleff  or Elisabeth Higgins Null, for a special invite key (password).

 

 

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION:  LEARN MORE; JOIN

The International Leadership Association (ILA) is the global network for all those who practice, study and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.  Please note that membership in the association is encouraged, but not required, to participate in our learning community.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome To The Followership Learning Community

 

 

Welcome! The Followership Learning Community has been launched to provide a meeting ground for researchers and practitioners who are engaged in exploring the rich subject of followership.

 

Up to now, there have been a small number of academics, consultants, trainers and managers who have recognized the importance of the subject of followership in organized human endeavors. They have typically been passionate about the subject and determined to give it the attention it deserves and has historically lacked. They have also tended to be relatively isolated.

 

This began to change in 2006 when the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont University held the first national conference on Followership . . .  Read More

 



 

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Audio-Visual Materials Posted

 

 

Archived windows media file of a Webinar presentation by Barbara Kellerman on "Followership" given Feb 27, 2008 for the International Leadership Association.

 

 

 

Bibliographies Posted

 

A bibliography on followership compiled in 2005 by Glenda Armstrong for the Air University Library of the Maxwell Airforce Base in Maxwell, Alabama can be found on our new MILITARY page.

 

 

A bibliography, "Dixon Followership Articles," authored by Gene Dixon, has been posted on its own page under bibliographies. Other focused bibliographies are welcome.

 

 

Annotated List of Articles on Followership  for Government Workers

GovLeaders.org is a site founded in 2002 by Don Jacobson, a career Foreign Service Officer, and  is designed for government workers. It recommends key articles on followership for those working in government positions. The recommendations are annotated and are supplemented by more annotated lists, in a sidebar, of books on leader-follower relations of interest to civil servants.  

 

Followers Invade 2008 SAE Congress in Detroit Michigan

During the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, April 1-19, the concepts of Courageous Followers will be introduced to 35,000 automotive experts. Gene Dixon a long-time researcher in the leadership process, will provide a presentation outling practioners concepts related to nurturing courageous followers in an organziation. This presentation will be focused on generating understanding of the followe role in large complex organizations and small entrepreneurial initiatives. Dixon has been working with courageous followers for nearly ten years and is a contributor to the Art of Followership (Jossey-Bass).

 

AN INTERESTING BLOG DISCUSSES FOLLOWERSHIP

Simplicity at the Other Side of Complexity, a blog byPrasad Kurian, has an entry that discusses the different roles leaders often assume when they are in a position of followership.

 

 

 

TWO NEW BOOKS

 

Riggio, Ronald E. (Editor), Ira Chaleff (Editor), Jean Lipman-Blumen (Editor), The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations Jossey-Bass, 2008

 

 

The Art of Followership (selected for the Walter Bennis Series) examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. Inspired by the first national conference on followership (conducted by The Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont), it contains contributions from many who attended and others from a host of disciplinesranging from philosophy, psychology and management, to education. The book explores the practice and research that promote positive followership. Contributors discuss new models of followership and fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders.

 

Kellerman, Barabara Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders. Harvard Business Press, 2008

 

 

 

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, has taught the first course on followership at university level. In her latest book, Followership, readers can appreciate the ways in which those with relatively fewer sources of power, authority, and influence are consequential even as they are getting bolder and more strategic. As Kellerman makes crystal clear, to fixate on leaders at the expense of followers is to do so at our peril.

 

 

 

PAPERS AND PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

Anders, George, "Management Leaders Turn New Attention To Followers." Theory and Practice, Wall Street Journal. December 24, 2007; Page B3 There is a WSJ forum related to this article that discusses the question: "Who's more crucial to a company's success, top management or lower-level employees.
Baker, Susan D. "Followership: the theoretical foundation of a contemporary construct." Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies,14, no.1:50-60 August, 2007 This article explores the theoretical foundations of followership in the years preceding the seminal work of  Robert Kelley in 1988. A version may be accessed free (with brief registration)  at the following link: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-33343234_ITM

 

 

Chaleff, Ira "Bullies' Hidden Danger: End the Spiral of Cruelty Through Intervention of Bystanders,: End the Spiral of Cruelty Through Intervention of Bystanders,"Baltimore Sun. February 14, 2008

 

Kellerman, Barbara "What Every Leader Needs to Know About Followers," Harvard Business Review. December I, 2007

 

Mertler, Craig A.; Steyer, Sheri; Petersen, George J. "Teachers' Perceptions of the Leadership/Followership Dialectic," Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 15-18, 1997)

Study examined whether 67 California and Ohio elementary and secondary school teachers understood the role and importance of followership in influencing school leadership. Teachers provided demographic data and completed the Teacher Sentiment Inventory, which assessed the extent to which their specific actions and characteristics reflected their understanding of followership. They ranked statements associated with particular actions or beliefs concerning the relationship between the teacher and the principal. Results indicated that teachers fell into one of three styles of followership: exemplary followers (with high levels of active engagement and independent thinking), pragmatist followers (who perform required tasks well but seldom venture beyond them), or conformist followers (with high active engagement but low independent thinking). None of the teachers were classified as alienated (independent thinking only) or passive (neither independent thinking nor actively engaged) followers. Both men and women scored high on independent thinking in their work. Female teachers reported higher levels of active engagement in the role of follower than did male teachers.

 

Siegel, Michael E. "D'var Toray, Ya Verah, Abraham as a Courageous Follower" September 2006  The model of Abraham as a courageous follower highlights and contrasts modern examples: the Civil Rights Movember, Nazi Germany, JFK, and the Iraq War.

 

 

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