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The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations Hardcover – January 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0787996659 ISBN-10: 0787996653 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996659
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andy and Patty share indispensable insight to leaders of innovative change in their chapter, Effective Followship for Creativity and Innovation.” (ThinkAboutItHarder.com, 05/05/08)

The Art of Followership turn leadership book on their heads. As the authors argue, followership is more important now that it has ever been. (Consulting Magazine, 05/05/08)

The Art of Followership is actually quite different in presentation…. Some chapters are quite short; others describe individual programs as a springboard for talking about the phenomenon. But most are scholarly think-pieces that are quite conceptual. (Financial Executive, 05/01/2008)

"With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners, this book highlights the different model, perspectives, and meaning of followership." (T + D Magazine, 04/28)

"My long-time collaborator James MacGregor Burns, who wrote the forward in this book, deemed it is a ' landmark book in the complexities of the leader-follower dynamic. I agree." (TLC Newsletter, 04/2008)

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Leadership is a topic that has been well-examined by scholars, consultants, and the media. By contrast, the study of followers has been largely ignored. As this book reveals, the leader-follower dynamic is far more complex than has been previously imagined.

The Art of Followership puts leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, this groundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.

Drawing from various disciplines—from philosophy, to psychology and management, to education—the book defines followership and its myriad meanings. The Art of Followership explores the practice and research that promote positive followership and reveals the part that followers play in setting the standards and formulating the culture and policies of the group. The contributors include new models of followership and explore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. The book also explores the most current research on followership and includes insights and perspectives on the future of leader-follower relationships.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
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This anthology brings together the essays of 31 contributors who participated in the Kravis-De Roulet Leadership Conference on February 24-25, 2006. The material has been co-edited by Ronald E. Riggio, Ira Chaleff, and Jean Lipman-Blumen; Chaleff and Lipman-Blumen are also among the contributors. To what does the title of this book refer? As with so many other significant human activities, there is both an art and a science to effective followership. Immediately opinions vary as to what is an intangible (e.g. mutual trust) and what is a tangible (e.g. shared tasks) in the relationship between a leader and a follower. I suggest that you ignore the title, not worry about differentiating tangibles and intangibles, and focus on what the book offers that is of specific interest to you and of greatest value to what you hope to accomplish.

The material is carefully organized as follows: A brief Foreword by James MacGregor Burns and then an Introduction by Warren Bennis. (More about Bennis' remarks in a moment), followed by 23 "author chapters" that are divided within four Parts: "Defining and Redefining Followership" (Chapters 1-5), "Effective Followerhip" (Chapters 6-12), "The Pitfalls and Challenges" (Chapters 13-17), and "Followers and Leaders: Research and Practice, and the Future" (Chapters 18-23).

Many prominent business thinkers "mail in" material when asked to provide an introduction. Not so with Warren Bennis, as the following composite of brief excerpts clearly indicate: "It is no surprise that books on leadership, promising to reveal the secrets of countless football coaches and historical figures as disparate as Moses and Attila the Hun, outnumber those on followership several thousand to one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RM Ling on May 4, 2013
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This book brought clarity to the role of a follower and the relationship between leaders and followers. Excellent resource and a msut read for anyone striving to be a leader.
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The book provides a diverse set of perspectives on the importance of followers in an organization. Each article waswell written and the collection reveals many of the paradoxes of the leadership/followership debate. I would not recommend it to a reader without a background in leadership studies, a little psychology, and even a little philosophy. For those who enjoy a stimulating, provocative, and multi-disciplinary approach to an issue, I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mastrangelo on April 10, 2012
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I very much value the book, especially chapters 1 (the overview), 2 (reciprocal following), 4 (leadership-followership paradigm), 9 (servant leadership), 15 (who do people want to follow), 19 (social identity), and 20 (involving employees in visioning).

I see a strong connection to more recent writing on organization change techniques based on psychological studies of influence, such as chapter 11 in Going Global: Practical Applications and Recommendations for HR and OD Professionals in the Global Workplace (J-B SIOP Professional Practice Series) and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.

The book was published in 2008, and while not that "old" I wish there were a connection to social media. Consider how social media is about gathering "followers" and increasingly leveraging that "leadership" to bring about positive change in society (Middle East uprisings, Change.org, Occupy Movement, etc.).

This book provides excellent background to leadership, change, and social network research.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Gorham on March 7, 2013
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I didn't even get through the whole thing. That's how boring it was for me. As I read it felt too forced and more like a text book.
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