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By |April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles, Followership, Uncategorized|

“A Review of the Literature on Followership Since 2008: The Importance of Relationships and Emotional Intelligence” by Richard Martin (2015) Followership continues to be a field of study in the larger field of leadership. In 2008, Ricketson offered an in-depth analysis of the relationship between the variables of leadership styles and courageous followership. Since then, the research has continued to accumulate in attempts to offer new insight on the topic. This article explores the empirical research that has been conducted since Ricketson’s dissertation to determine what new information has been offered and what new conclusions can be reached in [...]

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Followership Attributes & Skills

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: Followership, Followership Skills|

According to Robert Kelley, effective followers possess essential qualities: They manage themselves well. They are committed to the organization and to a purpose, principle, or person outside themselves. They build their competence and focus their efforts for maximum impact. They are courageous, honest, and credible. Read More: In Praise of Followers According to Business News Daily Editor, there are seven important followership skills. Read More: The Art of Followership: How to Be an Invaluable Team Player Motivation: A good follower is motivated to work hard, do a good job and achieve results. This type of person is driven by [...]

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Upward Influencing or “Managing Up”

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: Approaches to Followership, Followership|

If a follower forms a positive relationship with their leader, they can potentially influence situations where they perceive the leader to be making a mistake or offer additional support if needed. They may also be able to improve circumstances for themselves and colleagues. This is sometimes known as ‘managing up’. Kipnis and Schmidt (1983) identify four strategies of organisational influence that are commonly used when influencing superiors: Reason – using data and information to support your requests Coalition – mobilising others to support you Ingratiation – creating goodwill Bargaining – negotiating and exchanging benefits or favours. These approaches are [...]

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Kelley’s Five Followership Styles

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: Approaches to Followership|

Robert Kelley (1992) posited that there are five followership styles. These include exemplary, conformist, passive, alienated and pragmatist styles (Kelley, 1992). These followership styles are based on a combination of two different followership dimensions: engagement and critical thinking (Kelley, 1992). Priya Kane adapted Kelley’s work in the following diagram to illustrate the behavior patterns of followership. Read More: In Praise of Followers Read More: Leading by following: The importance of followership for organizational success

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