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Two Years of Followership!

Sorry for the recent silence…I’ve been on the road ever since the release of my new companion volume back in December!

As I look at the calendar, this Saturday (Feb 24th) marks two years since the publication of Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture! Amazing how time has flown by (we’ve also had a baby in that time which seems to have had a pretty significant impact on my reckoning of time as well)!

Over these last two years, hundreds have been encouraged and equipped through their encounter with Embracing Followership, and I’m looking forward to hearing more testimonies about your experience with both books!

How about it? Have you picked up a copy of Embracing Followership? If so, please add your rating/review on Amazon and Goodreads to share your experience with others. Have you made use of the Discussion Guide and Companion Resources? Let me know what you think!

I’d like to see as many people as possible empowered and enabled to follow with excellence! Thanks for your support & encouragement!

I’ll look forward to soon getting back into my rhythm of adding new posts and new resources on this blog to stimulate your thinking and application of embracing followership in your home, community, and workplace!

In the meantime, check out the Blog Post Index to catch up on articles you’ve missed!

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For encouragement and guidance in understanding and applying yourself to following and leading with excellence and helping others to do the same, see:

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Followership Guide coverEmbracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture (by Allen Hamlin Jr; Feb 2016), and  A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups (Dec 2017).

Links to other posts on this site: Blog Post Index

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Discussion Guide Launch & Endorsement

The new volume in the Embracing Followership series is now available! Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups is on sale in print and eBook formats (including Kindle, Logos, Faithlife, and others).

Here’s what executive coach, Dr Tom Lambshead, has to say about this new resource: Continue reading “Discussion Guide Launch & Endorsement”

Teams? Small Groups? What’s the difference?

With next week’s release of my second book, Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups, it seems fitting that we explore a few definitions.

A book for teams and small groups? What’s the difference? Am I just repeating myself? Continue reading “Teams? Small Groups? What’s the difference?”

New Release Giveaway!

The giveaways are now closed, but we celebrate the nearly 800 entrants and our 8 winners from the US, Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Romania!

If you didn’t win, the discussion guide will be available for purchase on Dec 19th!

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In celebration of the upcoming release of the new companion volume, Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups, we’re doing a few giveaways on Goodreads!

From November 18-30, 2017 you can enter to win! Depending on your location, we’ve got a few copies available of the original book, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture, and a few copies of the new Discussion Guide—win it before you can buy it—it’ll be released on December 19th!

 

New Followership Discussion Guide!

I’m excited to announce the follow-up companion volume for my original book, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture!

Followership Guide coverOn December 19th, 2017, this new resource—Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups—will be available for purchase in print and a variety of eBook formats.

Find more details about what you’ll find in this 140-page companion volume here: https://embracingfollowership.com/the-book/discussion-guide/

We celebrated with some pre-release giveaways via Goodreads.com. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for details about future promotions!

Does Distance Leadership Beget Virtual Followership?

I’ve seen a few article headlines recently that some employers are recalling their distance (or stay-at-home) employees and bringing them back into the office space.  Are we finding that separation isn’t so convenient and effective after all? What about when it’s unavoidable? Continue reading “Does Distance Leadership Beget Virtual Followership?”

Leadership is Relationship

Getting to the essence, the definition of ‘leadership’, is perhaps the Holy Grail of modern business and management literature. Everyone seems interested in what the key is, what the core is, what aspect–when given the right amount of investment and expertise–will unlock leadership success. Continue reading “Leadership is Relationship”

Letting Go of What You Want

Some would say we live in a leader-driven culture; I think it’s fair to simply say that we live in a driven culture, a society which revolves around individual whims and desires and the efforts to see those desires fulfilled. We’re told to grab hold of the things we want, to make things happen.

One lesson I’ve learned in my own followership is that this kind of advice doesn’t lead to the best outcomes in all situations. I need to be able to handle not getting my own way. I need to be able to set aside my own preferences. I need to be able to deal with loss. Continue reading “Letting Go of What You Want”

Leadership: Access, Not Vision

Modern culture has often drawn a direct definition of leadership from the idea of vision, positing that leadership at its heart is the formulation and communication of a compelling vision. And I have often explored this common association between leadership and vision (see these various posts), seeking to establish the sphere of vision as the purview of both leaders and followers. Having, promoting, and fulfilling a vision is not exclusively a leadership function, but belongs to the realm of followership as well.

If vision isn’t one of the distinctives of leadership, then what element separates out the leadership role from followership? Continue reading “Leadership: Access, Not Vision”

Dishonor Among These

Whenever we pursue a topic that is primarily relational–and the leadership-followership dynamic is one such topic–there are a number of attributes that we must consider. Communication and trust are two central facets of relationship. But another, and more commonly overlooked, aspect that must be explored is honor. Continue reading “Dishonor Among These”

Who are the Change Agents?

Being a follower must be the easiest role in the world.

By many definitions, it’s leaders who are visionaries, who are burdened with a grand sense of where we need to go and how we need to get there. It’s also leaders who are the agents of change, the ones who bring about progress, improvement, achievement, and revolution.

If that’s true, then as a follower, there’s a fairly simple question: what’s left for me to do? Continue reading “Who are the Change Agents?”

Leadership, Followership, & Consensus

I was recently presented with these words, reported to be from former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: “Consensus is the absence of leadership.”

Coming from a perspective of intense interest in the subject of followership and group dynamics, this perspective instantly set off in me varying degrees of umbrage and frustration. Continue reading “Leadership, Followership, & Consensus”