The Art of Followership


In 2006, I was the catalyst for the first national conference on followership conducted by The Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont.

For two days, the air bristled with the excitement of healthy contradictions, constructive controversies, alternative concepts, and potential strategies for drawing a new treasure map, this with “Followership” clearly marked as “ground zero.”

Researchers, scholars, and practitioners from diverse disciplines and fields created a heady conversation, and it became evident that a new subfield was emerging, one that could be shared with a much larger audience than the inaugural followership conference could possibly accommodate. This book is the first major outcome of that ground-breaking conference.“—Ira Chaleff

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The Art of Followership is a collection of essays that puts dynamic leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, this groundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.

Drawing from various disciplines from philosophy, to psychology and management, to education the book defines followership and its myriad meanings. The Art of Followership explores the practices and research that promote positive followership,  revealing the part that followers play in setting the standards and formulating the culture and policies of the group.

The contributors include new models of followership and explore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. The book also explores current research on followership and includes insights and perspectives on the future of leader-follower relationships.

What Some Others Have Said:

The Art of Followership turns leadership books on their heads. As the authors argue, followership is more important now that it has ever been. —Consulting Magazine (05/05/08)

The Art of Followership is actually quite different in presentation…. Some chapters are quite short; others describe individual programs as a springboard for talking about the phenomenon. But most are scholarly think-pieces that are quite conceptual. —Financial Executive (05/01/2008)

“With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners, this book highlights the different models, perspectives, and meanings of followership.” —T + D Magazine (04/28)