What makes a conversation satisfying for you (singular), and for you (plural)?
We acknowledge the challenges & special requirements of distance leadership; but what about the realities of distance followership?
For me, the answer to “what is leadership?” is fairly simple. Conveniently, I answer a similar question about followership in the same way.
Followership is not new. But it is only recently that it has been trending, creeping onto the global radar as a topic worthy of discussion. But why now? Why is a concept which has been around for decades, centuries, and even millennia just starting to grab attention?
Free resources to accompany Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups.
In our exploration of followership, we have oftentimes addressed the aspect of identity; but there is an additional question to address: so what?
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.
Followership. This blog, and many books, are focused on the topic of following. But what is it that we’re talking about? The abundance of books on leadership, each of which offers its own definition of that concept, hasn’t really brought us any closer to a universally agreed-upon characterization of this fundamental idea. And honestly, this drives the … Continue reading Followership is…? (not Twitter!)
I’ve spent most of my career up to this point in strictly a followership role, without any formal position of leadership. In that time, I don’t think I ever found myself saying of my leaders, “You guys don’t know how good you’ve got it; your role is so easy compared to mine.” Having more recently … Continue reading Lead or Follow: which is easier?
In the current theatrical release of the film Risen, a Roman soldier asks the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth—after His death and the discovery of the empty tomb—if the answer to what’s going on lies to the north, in Galilee. Peter, the de facto spokesman for the disciples, replies, “We are followers. We follow to … Continue reading “We follow to find out.”
A King born in a stable. This season of Advent, leading up to the climax of Christmas, highlights for us the unfathomable surprise to be found in the marriage of majesty and the mundane. There are few more poignant depictions of humility in Western culture than to behold a monarch being birthed in a manger. Humility–and … Continue reading Humility or Unity: Which Comes First?
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