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Types of Followers

Types of Followers

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Types of followers as per their interaction and support with their team and leaders.
Types of followers as per their interaction and support with their team and leaders.

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Published by: zohaib82 on Mar 17, 2010
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12 March 2008ITB7350 – New Perspectives on Leadership/Management
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Leadership
New Perspectives
 
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Followers
The mark of a great leader isthe development and growth offollowers
The mark of a great follower isthe growth of leaders
 
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Followers
The term follower “conjures up images ofdocility, conformity, weakness, and failureto excel. Often, none of this is the least bittrue. The sooner we move beyond theseimages and get comfortable with the ideaof powerful followers supporting powerfulleaders, the sooner we can fully developand test models for dynamic, self-responsible, synergistic relationships…
Ira Chaleff,
The Courageous Follower 
 
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Followers
Effective/Exemplary
Conformist
Alienated
Passive
Pragmatic
Daft, p.398See also Followership.doc
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The Effective/ExemplaryFollower
Independent / Active
Works creatively and enthusiastically
Takes intelligent risks
But:
Can suffer disillusionment
Can suffer burnout
 
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The Conformist Follower
Active / Dependent
Accepts assignments easily
Seeks to minimise conflict
But:
A “yes” man
Frequently hides weaknesses andmistakes
Lacks own ideas
 
 
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The Alienated Follower
Independent / Passive
Maverick who thinks for him/herself
Plays devil’s advocate
But:
Cynical in attitude
Not a team player
Dwells on the negatives
 
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The Passive Follower
Dependent / Passive
Relies on the leader’s judgement
Seldom resists
But:
Neither acts nor thinks
Just timeservers and clockwatchers
Requires high supervision
 
Sometimes people are forced into this role bydominating and controlling leaders.
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The Pragmatic Survivor
Has elements of all four modes, oftenat different times
Is a “Political animal”
Often has a good perspective onevents
 
Perhaps inclined to self-reflection?
 
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Roles for Effective Followers
Support the leader’s decisions
Challenge the leader’s decisions
Encourage the leader
Defend the leader
 
Support: do not criticise the leader, keepcommunication channels open, keep in mind that howa decision is communicated is often as important asthe decision itself.Challenge: usually in private.Encourage: it’s lonely at the top.Defend: Loyalty is important. Leaders have anobligation to listen to the input of followers. In return,followers have an obligation to support the resultingdecision.
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Belbin
Is Leadership really a solo affair?
At different times, different teammembers may take the lead
Serendipitous discovery
 
Serendipitous – It was the role of the teaching staff atHenley Management College to put together teams tocompete in a business simulation exercise, and theyaimed to have a reasonable balance of functionalskills in each team.One time, as an experiment, they put together a teamof individually outstanding people, and had otherteams of people who were less individuallyimpressive. To their surprise the supposedlyexceptional team performed more poorly than thesupposedly average team.
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Belbin Team Roles
Plants
ResourceInvestigators
Co-ordinators
Shapers
Monitor Evaluators
Teamworkers
Implementers
Completer-Finishers
Specialists
www.belbin.com
Team-Role DescriptionsDealing with different people

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