- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Kogan Page (April 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749469056
- ISBN-13: 978-0749469054
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Follow the Leader: The One Thing Great Leaders Have that Great Followers Want
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Emmanuel Gobillot devotes an entire book to explaining why he thinks the "one great thing" is charisma. and creates a frame of reference within which he anchors that belief for discussion of what continues to be a controversial subject: the importance of charisma. Opinions are divided, sometimes sharply divided, about that. My own opinion is that, like an expensive fragrance, charisma "smells good but don't drink it."
Here's what he suggests in Chapter 3: "Ask anyone to describe the leaders they admire and follow and the word charisma is likely to come up early on in their description. Because it is neither easy to define nor clear whether one is born with it or not, charisma is one of those things development professionals don't really like. Yet the fact that it comes up so often is no surprise to anyone who understands the workings of emotional logic. Charisma is indeed the best way we have found as followers to describe emotional logic in action. It is what attracts us." (Page 41). To me, "emotional logic" is an oxymoron if "logic" is defined in Aristotelian terms. I am not among those to whom he refers as "we."
I take issue with several of Emmanuel Gobillot's opinions but think he makes a plausible case for the appeal of charisma, a quality exemplified by Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler, for example, as well as by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. During that same significant period in modern history, other major leaders such as Neville Chamberlain, Jozef Stalin, and Harry Truman had little - if any - but all of them do have counterparts in the more recent business world, leaders who have or lack charisma. Here's my advice: Caveat emptor.
The big idea of the book is: Followers make leaders.
In short, this book is about charisma without ever saying that.
Gobillot looks at how leaders have:
These are the things that attract followers to certain leaders.
Here are a few things that jumped out to me:
-What is special about the leader or leaders you thought of, is true of all great leaders, is that they are chosen by one or more people as the person from whom they wish to take direction. It is followers who make leaders.
-Leaders get the followers they deserve.
-If they have stopped following it is due to the leader losing their appeal not to followers losing the will to follow.
-Without followers there can be no leadership.
-The most reasoned choices cannot be made without an emotional component. It is emotions that drive us to listen to reason. If reason is the vector to our actions, then emotions are the thrust that propel us to act.
-We choose to follow who we choose to follow because it kind of feels right.
-The people followers are attracted to are those able to ignite their emotional logic. They are the people to whom they have an emotional as well as rational reaction.
-Charisma is indeed the best way we have found as followers to describe emotional logic in action. It is what attracts us to leaders.
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What a great re-frame from spending time focusing on being a better leader, to focus on what your followers want to follow.Read more