The study of followership is important to the topic of leadership. For too long, followership has been a relegated topic whenever the subject of leadership is mentioned or being discussed. More often, the whole emphasis is on leadership and what leadership brings to the table without much or little consideration of followership’s inputs. This book is out to help readers to understand questions such as; the meaning of followership, characteristics to look out for in a good follower, how leadership can shape good followership and how followership can act as a catalyst for change. This book also gives detailed insights into the lives of notable men and women who by their lives ,examples and characters have added meaning to what it truly means to learn the followership ropes in order to become good and successful leaders worthy of emulation.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-70
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been studying the topic of leadership for some time and feel that the role of followership has not been properly appreciated in the building or making of good leadership. This is my inspiration for writing this book; to emphasise the importance of good followership to effective leadership.
I am an avid believer and proponent of ‘followership’ as I
have been fortunate to work with leaders in the real estate,
insurance and legal sectors who are keen to groom the
next generation of leaders by teaching, mentoring, training
and sometimes chastising others to be torch bearers
when their own tenures fade. These leaders have shown
me by their examples, experiences and characters that
the leaders I see today and want to emulate are not the
finished products as a result of one day’s promotion and
ascendancy to the leadership positions that they occupy.
Rather, they are the by-products of many falls, standoffs
and rough edges that have been chiselled into the final
shinning products by a considerable amount of seen and
unseen investments and sacrifices that are sometimes unquantifiable in human terms. This is my story, the story
of a constant and consistent pursuit of a topic that has the
potential to be life changing if only it is given its proper
recognition in the study of leadership. Let us, therefore,
go on this journey together. It is a fascinating journey into
the subject of leadership through the followership experience.
From my experience, I know that good followership
is truly leading from behind. There is no better time than
now to discuss the importance of effective followership in
the making of good leadership. The world is going through
a phase where no one wants to be known or referred to as
a follower; rather, everyone wants to be a leader either
rightly or wrongly. Good and effective leadership is not
about title. It is about the responsibility that goes along
with the title. Effective followership ensures that the
nitty-gritty of good leadership is studied and known and
then implemented when the leadership role beckons. This
book is not a comprehensive compilation of all the attributes
required of effective followership. I have discussed
only some traits that I think an aspiring leader should
possess. Leadership can be defi ned as leading a group of
people, a company, a business or an entity to achieve a
set common goal. It means carving out a strategy that
helps others to meet their targets. A leader is someone
that motivates, directs, inspires and communicates a set
idea or a set of ideas to others to achieve a set common
goal. Followership, on the other hand, is the capacity or
ability of an individual to actively follow and understudy
a leader. Followers play an important role in the success
or failure of a group, a team or an organisation. Effective
followers are, therefore, individuals who are enthusiastic,
intelligent, ambitious and self-reliant. Good followers
know that there is a common goal or an objective to be
achieved and they are keyed into achieving it.
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