Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman. Harvard Business Press, Reviewed by David W. Gill. Book Review: Barbara Kellerman, Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press, 16 Mar The typology of followership, from “Followership: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders” by Barbara Kellerman.

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But lest you think that public outrage constrains kdllerman American executives, or only those in business and government, think again. Then in the final chapter, she recommends “something new and different” when thinking about how and why, until now, analyses of power, authority, and influence have been leader-centric, fixated on those who rank high.

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders

Kathryn rated it liked it Oct 09, Consider the war in Gaza. Mar 31, IAO rated it it was ok. As Kellerman makes crystal clear, to fixate on leaders at the expense of followers is to do so at our peril. RK rated it liked it Feb 16, Kellerman followershjp a nice style of writing and some of her examples of follower behavior are riveting. Aug 06, Barbara Burd rated it really liked it.

To see what your friends thought of this book, kelledman sign up. Nov 18, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: We are encouraged at every turn to voice our vote immediately, by phoning in, text messaging, or going online. Twenty thousand people recently protested in London, another 20, across Germany, 30, in Paris, thousands more in places such as Oslo and Stockholm, not to speak of the near three quarters of a million who took to the street in Istanbul.


Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman

Leaders will not of course be excluded from the discussion. Are we culpable as followers for the actions of our leaders? While some of the most glaring examples of corporate indulgence are being curbed or canceled – Goldman Sachs called off its big Miami hedge fund conference, Morgan Stanley eliminated trips to Monte Carlo and the Bahamas, and Bank of America announced three of its aircraft were up for sale – other extravagances continue.

Leaders today are vulnerable, as never before, to pressures from once-mute followers who now have the cultural temerity and technological capacity to protest loud and clear.

In fact, we finally decide, we the viewing public, who goes to the next round, folliwership goes home, and who is the winner. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The American people have got in the habit of shooting a man down for one gig gone awry.

Blame it on the popular culture, which has affected, or maybe in fected, the political culture. The arc of human history has in fact favored followers over leaders, most strikingly during the Enlightenment, when democratic theory gradually advanced, and again after the American and French Revolutions, with the sudden advent of democratic practice in the form of the overthrow of rulers by the ruled.


David rated it it was ok Jun 01, Kimberly Mack rated it really liked it May 27, Return to Book Page.

But nor will they take center stage. When will they learn? Followership implies a relationship rankbetween subordinates and superiors, and a response behaviorof the former to the latter.

This kellernan a fresh look at the leader-follower relationship. The entire content can be summarized as saying “Followers are not leaders, but they still have power to change things.

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Aug 02, Samantha Hines rated it really liked it. Alison Streit rated it liked it Mar 01, Fully 44 percent of the American people watched “American” at least once, and in one in ten Americans took the time and trouble to vote their Idol preference.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Still the question arises: Moreover, they are getting bolder and more strategic. This could have been an article.

Aug 22, Robert rated it it was amazing. But now the collective capacity of these leaders to call the shots is diminished.

While the situation particularly constrains Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, the problem is widespread across the region, to the point where ordinary people, fueled by anger against Israel, limit the policy options of their leaders. Alex Benson rated it really liked it Mar 29,