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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.


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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).



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.






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.
Parker, James F. Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits. Philadelphia: Wharton School Publishing, 2007
James F. Parker, former Southwest Airlines CEO, tells how after 9/11, Southwest made three pivotal decisions: no layoffs, no pay cuts, and no-hassle refunds for any customer wanting them. The result, according to Parker, was that Southwest remained profitable and its revenue passenger miles for 4Q01 held steady while the rest of its industry nearly collapsed. These pivotal decisions grew naturally from Southwest's culture of mutual respect and trust. Parker offers deeply personal insights into that culture, revealing how those same principles are used by other people and organizations. While not a study of followership per se, Parker shows how leadership decisions can help create a community of effective, committed, and outspoken followers.






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.




Here are some reviews on books related to Followership that appeared the April 2008 issue of T+D, a publication of the American Society for Training and Development:



Ketter, Paula "Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations, The". T + D. Apr 2008. 



Leigh, Pam "FOLLOWERS TAKE THE LEAD Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders" By Barbara Kellerman, (Harvard Business School Press, 336 pp.) T + D. Apr 2008.



Nancherla, Aparna "Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits". T + D. Apr 2008





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