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 has been largely ignored. As this book reveals, the leader-follower dynamic is far more complex than has been previously imagined.

The Art of Followership puts leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, this groundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.

Drawing from various disciplines—from philosophy, to psychology and management, to education—the book defines followership and its myriad meanings. The Art of Followership explores the practice and research that promote positive followership and reveals the part that followers play in setting the standards and formulating the culture and policies of the group. The contributors include new models of followership and explore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. The book also explores the most current research on followership and includes insights and perspectives on the future of leader-follower relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Andy and Patty share indispensable insight to leaders of innovative change in their chapter, Effective Followship for Creativity and Innovation.” (, 05/05/08)

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

The Art of Followership is actually quite different in presentation…. Some chapters are quite short; others describe individual programs as a springboard for talking about the phenomenon. But most are scholarly think-pieces that are quite conceptual. (Financial Executive, 05/01/2008)

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

"My long-time collaborator James MacGregor Burns, who wrote the forward in this book, deemed it is a ' landmark book in the complexities of the leader-follower dynamic. I agree." (TLC Newsletter, 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: 551,927
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   James MacGregor Burns     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
About the Contributors     xv
Introduction   Warren Bennis     xxiii
Defining and Redefining Followership
Rethinking Followership   Robert E. Kelley     5
Leadership: A Partnership in Reciprocal Following   James Maroosis     17
Three Perspectives on Followership   Jon P. Howell   Maria J. Mendez     25
A New Leadership-Followership Paradigm   Ernest L. Stech     41
Followership: An Outmoded Concept   Joseph Rost     53
Effective Followership
Creating New Ways of Following   Ira Chaleff     67
Rethinking Leadership and Followership: A Student's Perspective   Krista Kleiner     89
The Hero's Journey to Effective Followership and Leadership: A Practitioner's Focus   Gail S. Williams     95
Courageous Followers, Servant-Leaders, and Organizational Transformations   Linda Hopper     109
Followership in a Professional Services Firm   Brent Uken     127
Developing Great Leaders, One Follower at a Time   Rodger Adair     137
Getting Together   Gene Dixon     155
ThePitfalls and Challenges of Followership
Following Toxic Leaders: In Search of Posthumous Praise   Jean Lipman-Blumen     181
What Can Milgram's Obedience Experiments Contribute to Our Understanding of Followership?   Thomas Blass     195
What Kind of Leader Do People Want to Follow?   Michael Maccoby     209
Bystanders to Children's Bullying: The Importance of Leadership by "Innocent Bystanders"   Lorna S. Blumen     219
Whistleblowing as Responsible Followership   C. Fred Alford     237
Followers and Leaders: Research, Practice, and the Future
Followers' Cognitive and Affective Structures and Leadership Processes   Robert G. Lord     255
Social Identity Processes and the Empowerment of Followers   Michael A. Hogg     267
Lead, Follow, and Get out of the Way: Involving Employees in the Visioning Process   Melissa K. Carsten   Michelle C. Bligh     277
Effective Followership for Creativity and Innovation: A Range of Colors and Dimensions   Kimberly S. Jaussi   Andy Stefanovich   Patricia G. Devlin     291
Conformist, Resistant, and Disguised Selves: A Post-Structuralist Approach to Identity and Workplace Followership   David Collinson     309
The Rise of Authentic Followership   Bruce J. Avolio    Rebecca J. Reichard     325
Notes     338
Index     377
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