What is this subject we call Followership?
This is the opening to the keynote address I will give on Friday, July 27, to the Global Followership Conference in Ontario, Canada.
This is the opening to the keynote address I will give on Friday, July 27, to the Global Followership Conference in Ontario, Canada
For those familiar with The Courageous Follower, its inspiration came from an example of this.
I was reading M. Scott Peck’s account of the infamous My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He asked a question. How could several hundred US soldiers participate in the cold-blooded killing of old men, women and children and in its coverup? He answered that question with an observation: When in the follower role, individuals can displace their own moral accountability onto the leader. This tendency gets compounded by the pressure for group conformity. When I read that, I wrote in the margin that a book on a different way of following was needed.
I will post again after the conference. Stay tuned.