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Courageous Followership recognizes that to be effective at almost every level of an organization, individuals need to play both the leader and follower role adeptly.

The Courageous Follower offers a new model for the follower role that provides dynamic support for leaders but does not hesitate to constructively speak truth to power. It also offers a model of Courageous Leadership that creates the conditions in which it is easier for followers to speak the truth as they see it and for leaders to give appropriate consideration to what they are being told. It offers a developmental path to true partnership between leaders and followers in the service of the organization’s mission.

The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For
Our Leaders
– 3rd Edition

The Courageous Follower - 3rd EditionThe concept of “courageous followership” is based on the award-winning book:
The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders
, written by Ira Chaleff and published by Berrett-Koehler. The book is a landmark in the newly emerging field of Leader/Follower studies.

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The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create
Great Leaders and Organizations

The Art of FollowershipThe Art of Followership, co-edited by Ronald E. Riggio, Ira Chaleff, and Jean Lipman-Blumen, with a foreword by James MacGregor Burns, is published by Jossey-Bass (an imprint of Wiley) as part of its Warren Bennis series of books. Warren Bennis himself wrote the introduction.

This collection of essays puts dynamic leader-follower interaction at the forefront of the  discussion and examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. Leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies have contributed to this groundbreaking book which outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.

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