The Power of Followership: How to Create Leaders People Want to Follow, and Followers Who Lead Themselve
How to Create Leaders People Want to Follow, and Followers Who Lead Themselve
Robert Earl Kelley
While researching leadership, I began seeing troubling limitations in the myth of leadership. Leadership has been exalted for over 2,500 years. Yet few people have studied followers, since all the attention of scholars and consultants has been focused on leaders. When people did study followers, they simply asked for their views about leaders. The prevailing assumption was that followers had nothing of interest to say about themselves.
To expose the myth of leadership is to help utilize everyone's full talents and ability to succeed. Leadership can take us only so far. The leader's effect on organisational success is only 10 to 20 percent. Followership is the real factor in the other 8- to 90 percent that makes for great success. Without followers, little gets done; with them, mountains get moved. By sheer numbers alone, followers represent the bulk and substance of any enterprise.
We must begin to see that the myth of leadership is better overcome and the triumphs of the future are better achieved by engaging everyone's heroism.