The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations / Edition 1

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Leadership is a topic that has been well-examined by scholars,consultants, and the media. By contrast, the study of followers hasbeen largely ignored. As this book reveals, the leader-followerdynamic is far more complex than has been previously imagined.

The Art of Followership puts leader-follower interaction at theforefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followersplay and their often complex relationship to leaders. Withcontributions from leading scholars and practitioners from theburgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, thisgroundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effectiveleadership and to organizations overall.

Drawing from various disciplines—from philosophy, topsychology and management, to education—the book definesfollowership and its myriad meanings. The Art of Followershipexplores the practice and research that promote positivefollowership and reveals the part that followers play in settingthe standards and formulating the culture and policies of thegroup. The contributors include new models of followership andexplore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers maketo groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. The book alsoexplores the most current research on followership and includesinsights and perspectives on the future of leader-followerrelationships.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Andy and Patty share indispensable insight to leaders ofinnovative change in their chapter, Effective Followship forCreativity and Innovation.” (,05/05/08)

The Art of Followership turn leadership book on their heads. Asthe authors argue, followership is more important now that it hasever been. (Consulting Magazine, 05/05/08)

The Art of Followership is actually quite different inpresentation…. Some chapters are quite short; others describeindividual programs as a springboard for talking about thephenomenon. But most are scholarly think-pieces that are quiteconceptual. (Financial Executive, 05/01/2008)

"With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners,this book highlights the different model, perspectives, and meaningof followership." (T + D Magazine, 04/28)

"My long-time collaborator James MacGregor Burns, who wrote theforward in this book, deemed it is a ' landmark book in thecomplexities of the leader-follower dynamic. I agree." (TLCNewsletter, 04/2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996659
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series , #146
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 340,660
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald E. Riggio is director of the Henry R. Kravis LeadershipInstitute at Claremont McKenna College. He is coeditor of ThePractice of Leadership and Improving Leadership in NonprofitOrganizations, both from Jossey-Bass, and coauthor ofTransformational Leadership, from Erlbaum.

Ira Chaleff is president of Executive Coaching & ConsultingAssociates, adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, and theauthor of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up to and for OurLeaders, from Berrett-Koehler.

Jean Lipman-Blumen is Thorton F. Bradshaw Professor of PublicPolicy and professor of organizational behavior at the Peter F.Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, ClaremontGraduate University, and author, The Allure of Toxic Leadership andConnective Leadership.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James MacGregor Burns.


About the Contributors.


Warren Bennis.


1. Rethinking Followership (Robert E. Kelley).

2. Leadership: A Partnership in Reciprocal Following (JamesMaroosis).

3. Three Perspectives on Followership (Jon P. Howell andMaría J. Méndez).

4. A New Leadership-Followership Paradigm (Ernest L. Stech).

5. Followership: An Outmoded Concept (Joseph Rost).


6. Creating New Ways of Following (Ira Chaleff).

7. Rethinking Leadership and Followership: A Follower'sPerspective (Krista Kleiner).

8. The Hero's Journey to Effective Followership and Leadership:A Practitioner's Focus (Gail S. Williams).

9. Courageous Followers, Servant-Leaders, and OrganizationalTransformations (Linda Hopper).

10. Followership in a Professional Services Firm (BrentUken).

11. Developing Great Leaders, One Follower at a Time (RodgerAdair).

12. Getting Together (Gene Dixon).


13. Following Toxic Leaders: In Search of Posthumous Praise(Jean Lipman-Blumen).

14. What Can Milgram's Obedience Experiments Contribute to OurUnderstanding of Followership (Thomas Blass)?

15. What Kind of Leader Do People Want to Follow (MichaelMaccoby)?

16. Bystanders to Children's Bullying: The Importance ofLeadership by "Innocent Bystanders" (Lorna S. Blumen).

17. Whistleblowing as Responsible Followership (C. FredAlford).


18. Followersâ??Cognitive and Affective Structures andLeadership Processes (Robert G. Lord).

19. Social Identity Processes and the Empowerment of Followers(Michael A. Hogg).

20. Lead, Follow, and Get out of the Way: Involving Employees inthe Visioning Process (Melissa K. Carsten and Michelle C.Bligh).

21. Effective Followership for Creativity and Innovation: ARange of Colors and Dimensions (Kimberly S. Jaussi, AndyStefanovich, and Patricia G. Devlin).

22. Conformist, Resistant, and Disguised Selves: APost-Structuralist Approach to Identity and Workplace Followership(David Collinson).

23. The Rise of Authentic Followership (Bruce J. Avolio andRebecca J. Reichard).



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