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Followership VS Team Performance
Autor: simba 28 February 2011
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Followership vs. Team Performance
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines followership as "the capacity or willingness to follow a leader" (Merriam Webster). This definition is very narrow and only a mere portion of what followership really is. Followership, much like leadership is not one-dimensional; followership is thinking in multiple dimensions systematically. It is important to note that leaders are only responsible for about 20% of the work that is completed in an organization (Kelley, 1992). Because of this, the people working with and for the leaders are of the upmost importance. They have the ability to make or break the performance of a team as well as the team itself.
The team association is crucial. A highly functioning team has a number of people with skills that compliment the vision of the group and who are committed to a common vision for which everyone is held equally accountable. This critical function does not happen by accident. The teams must be constructed carefully with much thought to the structure of the team as well as the team members that will form the team base. A high functioning team cannot survive without a well thought out structure and a vision that will be the foundation towards which the group will work.
High performing teams are unable to create and uphold an elevated level of performance without a strong presence of followership. Followership will bring a level of consistency and performance unable to be reached with members who do not pursue a followership model/mindset.
Creating good followers
Followers have been in existence for as long as there have been leaders. Not until 1967 was there mention of the importance of followership, Wiles stated that followership and leadership may be equal (Nolan 2001). There are several styles of followership. They are: exemplary, alienated, conformist, pragmatist, and passive (Kelley, 97, 1992). These styles have both positive and negati...