This past week Garry Briese gave a presentation at the Seattle Emergency Management Magazine's Summit in Seattle. His topic was on followership since we all are accountable to someone, even if we are leaders in our own right. His point being that there is a great deal of training available for those who aspire to be leaders, but when have you seen a course on being a good follower? It is similar to the point I've made before about speech training, but when have you taken a course on listening?
My notes from his session are below:
Followership is the mirror image of leadership. Most will never have taken a class in followership. You cannot have leaders without followers. There is a skill set for leadership and followership.
Our education, training and rewards are based on leadership. Most people spend our time in learning about leadership positions.
It is the actions of followers that determine the success of a leader. The success of organizations is more the result of good followership rather than great leadership.
Inspirational leadership is about light and vision. Setting the path and then asking, “Do you agree?”
Leadership ….influencing others
Followership…seeking or accepting influence
People do not like to describe themselves as a follower.
Even in emergency situations we need good followers. Followers need to hold their leaders accountable and are responsible for having a dialog with them.
Johnny Depp will be playing Tonto in 2012. Leader-follower pairs. The Lone Ranger and Tonto. It is Captain Kirk and Spock.
Followership is like the foundation of a building—you don’t see it. Leaders come and go, followers tend to stay.
Followers have all the power, leaders only think they have power.
Respect and disrespect – both are earned.
The encouragement & acceptance of followers who speak or act independently shows precisely the style of leadership the organization values.
Role Models…these are people who influenced us. Remember what worked well…for that person…in that time and place.
Contemporary lessons from historic experiences. Choose carefully who you are going to model yourself against.
Jeff Smith, Goldman Sachs “leadership” and “followership” he had the ultimate act of loyalty. What will the results be?
Six characteristics of followership: