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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Third Edition edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605092738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605092737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Business consultant Chaleff points out that most of us at different times are both leaders and followers. Many books, he notes, have explored and analyzed the former role but almost none the latter. Following is often stigmatized, he argues, as docility, weakness or failure to excel. His handbook shows that a courageous follower can be an enormous asset to a leader, and he pinpoints five dimensions in which that courage can be demonstrated: assuming responsibility, serving, challenging, participating in transformation and, given the worst-case scenario, leaving. The book should be of value for those working in businesses where "committeemanship," or team playing, is now the rule in executive ranks.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Scientific American

We are all leaders or followers-or both. The Courageous Follower is a comprehensive guide that gives us the tools to manage the virtues, values, and responsibilities of those roles. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Facts About Ira Chaleff

Ira Chaleff is a thought leader in the field of Followership and the founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates.

Followership

Ira's book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders was first published in 1995 by Berrett-Koehler in San Francisco and was widely acclaimed. The original hardback edition was soon followed by a paperback printing.

The second expanded edition was published in 2002, also by Berrett-Koehler.It included a new chapter, "The Courage to Listen to Followers" designed to help leaders create the conditions that encourage courageous follower behaviors. The second edition was the Silver Winner of the Best Business Book of the Year award in 2002 from ForeWord Magazine, the magazine of independent publishers.

The revised 3rd edition was published in 2009 and includes a new chapter, The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy. It examines the new power relationships that technology has created between the higher and lower levels of the hierarchy and the strategies for making a difference from any level of the hierarchy.

The Courageous Follower has been published in Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Japanese and also in a special Indian edition.

An award winning training video, Courageous Followers, Courageous Leaders: New Relationships for Changing Times, was produced based on the book.

Ira was the catalyst for the first national conference on Followership, hosted by the Kravis Leadership Institute of McKenna College and the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Ira is co-editor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations, published in January, 2008 as part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series by Jossey-Bass.

Ira heads the Followership Learning Community and its wiki ("The Followership Exchange") for the International leadership Association.

He has published and has been quoted in numerous articles on Followership and its emergence as a newly recognized field of study and practice.

Ira has conducted seminars and workshops on Followership for a wide range of audiences including NASA, The Brookings Institute, Ernst & Young, The Federal Executive Institute, The Federal Judicial Center, Georgetown University, The Graduate School of Public Accounting at the University of Wisconsin, and numerous other institutions, agencies and professional services firms.

The Courageous Follower has been incorporated into many curricula, including senior- and mid-level police officer training at virtually every level of the California Law Enforcement community. It was part of the syllabus for the first course on Followership taught (by Barbara Kellerman) at the John F.Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ira has been cited by the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the field of followership and has been named as one of the 100 best thinkers on leadership by Leadership Excellence magazine.

Contact Information:

Washington Office: Ira Chaleff, CMF/ECCA, 513 Capitol Court NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202 544 0097

E-mail: ira.chaleff@exe-coach.com

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Reader friendly, with simple and pratical examples.
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It is helpful regardless of whether your role of the moment is as the follower or as the leader.
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I am reading it for a leadership class and I am passing it around at work.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Serge J. Van Steenkiste on September 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
In The Courageous Follower, Chaleff focuses on the relationship existing between the formal leadership of an organization and the followers, all the people who ultimately report to the leadership team directly or indirectly. Chaleff also examines the interaction among followers within the leadership team in their relationship with the ultimate leader of the organization (pg. 14, 32).

Like Peter Drucker in The Essential Drucker, Ira Chaleff acknowledges right away that leadership may be informal and distributed throughout an organization (pg. 14). Knowledge workers, who are considered partners rather than employees, can only be helped. The close supervision of knowledge workers is often illusory because of their unique expertise.

Chaleff is conscious of the potential negative baggage associated with the word follower by making clear that a follower is not the same as a subordinate (pg. 15). Chaleff recognizes that being a courageous follower can be a risky proposition. Contingency plans are in any circumstances a necessity, whether the follower is courageous or not, in a fast-changing global economy (pg. 20-21, 163-165). However, a respectful individual who is not afraid to speak and act on the truth, despite the inequities in the relationship between employee and employer, is a force to be reckoned with (pg. 20, 25).

Not everybody is called upon to become and remain a courageous follower. Chaleff divides followers into four profiles that he calls respectively, implementer, resource, individualist and partner. Only the partner, who sooner rather than later dares to challenge on a regular basis the orthodoxy of the leadership team in a constructive, non-confrontational mode, can be counted on as a courageous follower (pg. 40-43, 51, 66, 103-104, 147-148).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Bumpus on January 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Courageous Follower is one of the most important books on leadership I've ever read. It is clear that in one way or another, we ALL face the challenges of leadership, perhaps daily. However, it is rare that someone who has been designated a 'leader' considers that they are also a follower with a 'constinuency' - someone they answer to. This book discusses principles designed to encourage the follower AND leader to become assertive, communicative and accountable. Bravo to these brave authors for enlightening us to the art of followership!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Meyer VINE VOICE on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
The concept of followership is important and often ignored in a sea of leadership materials.Chaleff has tackled an important issue, and for that he should be applauded. Most of the book is clear and easy to follow, with many lists that can be used to conduct training on being a strong follower. The ways in which followers support leaders and interact with each other are useful to anyone working with teams. Chaleff has also made changes in the second edition that make it easier for followers to take a stand instead of walking away.

Where the book falls short is primarily in design, in my opinion. The switch from single- to double-spacing made me feel like the editors were trying to stretch the material to meet a pre-set number of pages.Overall, though, the book provides much to think about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EmilyB on October 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a significant contribution to the workplace no matter the environment. Chaleff integrates sound principles of human decency with enormous respect for human potential. The result is a practical approach to managing yourself and your leader especially when the stakes are high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cachkn46 on December 23, 2010
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This book fell short of my expectations, based on some of the other reviews. The content is thin, and the author is rather repetitive, as if he is trying to spread the material out far enough to make a full length book, where a single chapter would have been sufficient. The double spacing which appears in sections of the book helps stretch it out, also, as another reviewer pointed out.

Most of the material seemed like common sense to me, but I should reveal that I do have an extensive background in psychology. Maybe the ideas in this book are new to those in the corporate world, so do consider reading it if you do not have much of a psych background.

It's a pretty good, rather quick and easy read, overall, but nothing earth shaking or terribly original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Rich on February 19, 2010
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How often do we hear about organizational failures large and small that could have been averted if only...if only organization leaders knew what was known by people below them in the hierarchy...if only organization members who tried to warn leadership had been heard...if only people had the courage to speak?

This third edition of The Courageous Follower - Standing Up to & for Our Leaders provides invaluable wisdom applicable to every member of every organization. Rather than just admonish people to be transparent and make sure to speak the truth to people in power positions, Ira Chaleff teaches us precisely how to do it and how to avoid potential pitfalls along the way. It is helpful regardless of whether your role of the moment is as the follower or as the leader.

People seasoned in their careers will read this and wish they had read it 20 years before. Regardless of where people are in their careers and their organizations, they will be glad to have this teaching now.
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