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Power of Followership, The Hardcover – March 16, 1992

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Never has the cult of leadership held such sway in business as it does today -but it's The Followers who really get things done. A provocative guide to the vital new organizational style that puts the power back where it belongs.

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Never has the cult of leadership held such sway in business as it does today -but it's The Followers who really get things done.  A provocative guide to the vital new organizational style that puts the power back where it belongs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Business; 1 edition (March 16, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385413068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385413060
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had the opportunity to take a class taught by Mr. Kelley at CMU and to have read all of his books. This book has a rather simple concept, that once read, becomes painfully obvious--no matter what our position in life we all follow someone. Even the President of the USA follows opinion polls.
Kelley examines and analyzes the types of followers, their characteristics and identifies methods to motivate them based on their objectives and priorities.
It also includes a test to identify your own followership traits. Very insightful. Should be part of every management training and employee development program.
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Format: Hardcover
As Kelley points out, most of what gets done in any organization gets done by the followers not the leaders. If you want to know how to become an "exemplary follower," or how to encourage those in your families and businesses to become "exemplary followers," this book provides an assessment tool that will allow you to understand your "followership style" as well as the styles of co-workers and family members. Among Kelley's insights is that a person must have a "courageous conscience" to be an exemplary follower. By that he means, the integrity to know right from wrong and the courage to speak up at appropriate times even at personal cost. Kelley makes clear that a strong personal support system and a strong financial foundation are both essential to permit an "exemplary follower" to have a "courageous conscience."
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Upon seeing "leader" all over the cover and title page, I was dismayed as I thought I was getting into yet another book about followership that was really aimed at leaders. Pleasantly, I found Kelley's tone and message to be very helpful to followers like me.

While Kelley's model of followership types has often been duplicated in other books and articles, his most important contribution to me was detailing the 7 paths to followership: why people choose to engage in subordinate roles. From self-expression to self-transformation, and from personal goals to relationship, this paradigm is really useful for debunking the common myth that everyone is (and/or should be) aspiring to leadership and that followership is merely a training ground (or worse, a purgatory) before that reward can be obtained. Sadly, this truth seems to have been surprisingly overlooked in more recent books on followership.

This book is very readable, without getting bogged down in lots of statistics or extended case studies, and yet including enough of each to make relevant points. For anyone interested in followership, it is absolutely worth tracking down a copy of this foundational book.

You can see my Listmania! list on "Followership Resources" for other recommended works.
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This book really puts the responsibility of power in perspective: how followers can effect good/bad leadership; how interchangable the roles can be...
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