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
I’ve served in a new leadership role for almost a year now, and I can still recall one of the earliest bits of affirmation that I received. During a call with one of my subordinates which touched on a somewhat sensitive issue, uncertain what kind of response I would receive, I was given these words … Continue reading “I trust you.”
Get and give helpful perspective in the pursuit of excellent followership.
Do I know my teammates, or do I just think I know a few things about where they’re from?
“I’m a leader.” How’s that working out for you?
How does a distance leader promote excellent followership in the realm of trust?
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…
During a recent conference workshop, I asked the attendees to make a list of the qualities, characteristics, and responsibilities of a leader/leadership. Here’s a sampling of what they came up with:
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!)
How do you complete that definition? What are the specific characteristics that define a leader? What are the requirements and opportunities that delineate leadership? Looking around popular culture and workplace wisdom, we might easily expect to hear words like influence, responsibility, vision, and decisiveness. I agree that these are qualities that are desirable in most … Continue reading A Leader Is…