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A LinkedIn acquaintance of mine has shared what I think are some remarkable insights regarding leadership. His group, Followership, is dedicated to a better understanding of what’s demanded and required of us when we are in the role of follower.
Qualities of Leadership
In the Bizmanualz blog, we’ve talked about what qualities our leaders should possess (and too often don’t) but we haven’t talked about one of the most important parts of leadership. To be a leader, you have to have followers.
“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”
Gen. George Patton, U.S. Army (1885-1945)
Why don’t we get the kind of leaders we want more often? Is it because we don’t know how to follow? How many of us follow our leaders passively? How many of us play an active role in ensuring the success of our leaders?
It’s sometimes said that leaders are made by their followers, and vice versa. From that, it should follow that if we’re to get leaders who embody those traits leaders should have, we as followers should embody many, if not all, of those leadership traits ourselves.
Those leadership traits include:
- Self-respect (and respect for others);
- The ability to communicate well;
- Integrity of character;
- Willingness to accept responsibility; and
How about you? What kind of followers do you have? What kind of follower are you, especially if you’re a leader? Tell us what you think.