What is a follower? A person who by free will chooses to follow someone else’s directives for a limited period of time in order to achieve a goal or vision, which is shared with the leader and the other co-followers. It is important to note that a followers is not a person but rather a role that a person holds for a specific period of time. Are followers important? Yes. As opposed to Yes-men, followers work actively towards the vision while searching for ways to improve their own and their group’s performance.   Are there different levels of followership? Yes. Just as there are strong and weak leaders, there are strong and weak followers. Often, weak followership is a result of lack of commitment to the vision. I want to improve my followership. What do I do? Frankly, by just asking this question, you’ve taken a critical step towards stronger followership skills.  Wanting to be a better follower is the first step towards success. However, your ability to follow, largely depends on how committed you are to a cause. Therefore, start by reviewing your commitment, active engagement, independence and ability to give constructive feedback to both leaders and followers. If you focus on these traits, you will gradually see an improvement in your own followership skills. More tips are found in the book: “Beyond the Leadership Myth - Discover the Power of Collaborationship”. What is Collaborationship? The process in which people, who share a common vision or goal, will interact by combining forces in order to create synergies, thereby helping the group maximize its total output. What is the Leadership myth? The idea that leaders are decision-makers who are omnipotent.  
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Read Christian Monö’s book:   Beyond the Leadership Myth: Discover the Power of Collaborationship A simple question:  If leadership is so important, why have we not seen a greater result from all the investments in leadership development?