Essay On Followership

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Leadership and followership is very important in any organizations and Kelley’s model of followership shows the importance and how-to followership should be seen. It is not the same, to be a follower is not a bad thing. If leaders didn’t have effective followers they would not have a growing organization. Followership has always been looked down upon, but now is the time to see what they can do and help them grow into leaders. Just like leadership there are good leaders and bad leaders, depending how good of a leader they are will affect their followers. In Kelley’s idea of followership, it takes the focus away from the leaders and focuses on the followers’ self-perception. Effective followers are able to manage themselves well and are committed…show more content…
A leader of effective followers tends to be more an overseer of change and progress than a hero. Once the leader finds the quality of the effective followers it is important that leaders identify their effective followers and mold them to be the best they can. There are five different categories of followers and depending on their personal level of development. All followers can be good followers if they accept the value of learning the role and understanding their followership skills. Followers can have different motivations and still perform equally, but it is their behaviors that leads to effective and less effective following of the organization. The sheep followers are not a self-thinker and do not like to take chances. They will do what they are told and do it without questions asked. Some leaders rather have sheep than strong followers that will question their decisions. The leader that I have now wants everyone to do what she says and for no one else to give any directions that does not come from here and there are followers there that will not question her and will do everything she says. These followers are yes-people, they allow the leader to do most of the thinking for them but are generally positive and always on the leader’s
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