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.
“Concepts from Embracing Followership truly have embedded in the way we think as a small administrative/support team (5 people). We actually have adopted the ‘ripe banana’ concept [Chapter 6] as a team and added an image of a ripe banana amidst green bananas on the top of our team meeting agenda template – it is … Continue reading Lindsay Ackerman, director of development operations
“Embracing Followership challenged and changed me—one of the rare books that can challenge your worldview and make you glad you read it. Allen manages to exalt followers without disparaging leaders, proving the unique value of each and providing practical steps to move us toward the mutually beneficial place of respect and value for the contributions … Continue reading T.J. MacLeslie, author, Designed for Relationship
“Embracing Followership may be among the top 10 most fresh, provocatively insightful expressions of what kind of thinking can ‘set the readers free’ from mindless cultural expectations on us that we’ve unconsciously imbibed.
“I love Allen’s heart and the book God has grown out of who he is. He is right. We live in a ‘leader-driven culture’ where there is little focus on the spiritual integrity and dignity of ‘followership.’ Jesus called us to ‘follow Him,’ and the church is the strongest when together we follow Him and … Continue reading Dr. Hal Habecker, founder, Finishing Well Ministries