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The Art of Followership

How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations

Edited by Ronald Riggio, Ira Chaleff, and Jean Lipman-Blumen
With a Forward by James MacGregor Burns

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The Art Of Followership is a groundbreaking book that explores how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall. As this book reveals, the leader-follower dynamic is far more complex than has been previously imagined. The Art Of Followership puts leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders.

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 practice and research that promote positive followership and reveals the part that followers play in setting the standards and formulating the culture and policies of the group. The contributors also include new models of followership and explore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. They also take a critical look back on the most current research on followership and provide insights and perspectives on the future of leader-follower relationships.