How might Greenleaf’s book on servant leadership develop our excellent followership?
What’s the fuel for your followership?
Influencing? Bringing about compliance? Adopting others’ goals? Facilitating superior performance? Are these the core elements of the leadership-followership dynamic?
How are you doing with leading via electronic communication?
Are you pursuing ease, when life-giving engagement is on offer?
Are you clued into the depths of your own vision and passions? Are others aware of them? Are you aware of others’ interests and burdens?
For me, the answer to “what is leadership?” is fairly simple. Conveniently, I answer a similar question about followership in the same way.
If leaders are both the visionaries and the change agents, then what’s left for the followers to do?
Many people associate the leadership role with vision as a fundamental aspect. I am not a visionary, and so I brought my followership perspective instead.
While the number of leaders in any group are limited, the number of ‘owners’ of a project is not. Followers and leaders alike can exhibit profound ownership–regardless of where the idea originated from. But this ownership must be encouraged, must be facilitated, must be permitted by those involved.
Given the option of being labeled a sheep or a sheepdog, which would you rather be? Being called a sheep is perhaps the most common negative image of followership–often intended to portray mindlessness, weakness, simplicity. Who wouldn’t rather be a powerful and productive sheepdog?
As 2016 closes out, it’s a common consideration to look ahead at 2017 and to think about plans, desires, and dreams for what next year will bring. Opportunities, changes, achievements…the clean slate of a new year seems to welcome them all. “New Year’s Resolutions” are part and parcel of this season as well. What commitments … Continue reading No Ambition for Position