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What about the followers?

in Leadership

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199569915
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199569915.003.0007

Series: Very Short Introductions

What about the followers?

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‘What about the followers?’ begins with a definition of #x2018;follower’ and then considers the behaviour of followers and their relationships with leaders. Karl Popper suggested that it is the responsibility of followers to inhibit leaders' errors and to remain as constructive dissenters, helping the organization achieve its goals, but not allowing any leaders to undermine this. By considering the commitment to a community against independence from a leader, four distinct categories can be shown: hierarchy, theocracy, anarchy, and heterarchy. The traditional focus of many leadership studies — the decision-making actions of individual leaders — is better configured as the consequence of ‘sense-making’ activities by organizational members.

Keywords: crash; decision-making; elephant; leader; leadership

Chapter.  3992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Leadership and Motivation

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