Encouraging you to follow with excellence by continuing the journey of exploration & reflection that was launched by the book Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture by Allen Hamlin Jr (Kirkdale Press, Feb 2016).
“Allen Hamlin writes on followership with an elevating language that imbues this form of relationship with service, grace, and individuality. A very welcome addition to the growing literature on followership.”
“Hamlin offers much practical advice for followers – time management, rest, stewardship, respect, etc. He also is thorough in highlighting the potential obstacles to following well. But at the core of Hamlin’s approach are the areas of communication and relationship with one’s leader.” (more…)
Looking at leadership through the lens of followership, what can a leader do to facilitate and encourage excellent followers? There are 4 vital areas of investment…
How do we know when we’re outpacing ourselves? How do we know if we’re pushing ourselves too hard, for too long—overamping on our intensity in unhealthy and unsustainable ways? How do we know whether, in the course of our desire to be excellent contributors, we are actually stretching ourselves so thin that the quality of our followership is actually diminishing, even if our short-term output seems to be multiplying?
The notion of servant leadership has been en vogue in recent decades, fueled in part by Robert Greenleaf publishing his classic text in 1977. Given our cultural fascination with leadership, and our desire to imbue the concept of leadership with as many positive qualities as possible (see, “Leader: the ideal human being?“), it’s not surprising … Continue reading Servant Leadership & Excellent Followership
When looking at an office environment or a community committee, it may sometimes be difficult to appreciate the necessity and the interplay between leader and follower roles. But in the world of dance, it’s unmistakable.