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The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations

Ronald E. Riggio (Editor), Ira Chaleff (Editor), Jean Lipman-Blumen (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-9665-9
416 pages
January 2008, Jossey-Bass
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The Art of Followership puts dynamic leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, this groundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.

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 include new models of followership and explore fresh perspectives on the contributions that followers make to groups, organizations, societies, and leaders. The book also explores the most current research on followership and includes insights and perspectives on the future of leader-follower relationships.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James MacGregor Burns.


About the Contributors.


Warren Bennis.


1. Rethinking Followership (Robert E. Kelley).

2. Leadership: A Partnership in Reciprocal Following (James Maroosis).

3. Three Perspectives on Followership (Jon P. Howell and María J. Mández).

4. A New Leadership-Followership Paradigm (Ernest L. Stech).

5. Followership: An Outmoded Concept (Joseph Rost).


6. Creating New Ways of Following (Ira Chaleff).

7. Rethinking Leadership and Followership: A Followerâ??s Perspective (Krista Kleiner).

8. The Hero's Journey to Effective Followership and Leadership: A Practitioner's Focus (Gail S. Williams).

9. Courageous Followers, Servant-Leaders, and Organizational Transformations (Linda Hopper).

10. Followership in a Professional Services Firm (Brent Uken).

11. Developing Great Leaders, One Follower at a Time (Rodger Adair).

12. Getting Together (Gene Dixon).


13. Following Toxic Leaders: In Search of Posthumous Praise (Jean Lipman-Blumen).

14. What Can Milgram's Obedience Experiments Contribute to Our Understanding of Followership (Thomas Blass)?

15. What Kind of Leader Do People Want to Follow (Michael Maccoby)?

16. Bystanders to Children's Bullying: The Importance of Leadership by "Innocent Bystanders" (Lorna S. Blumen).

17. Whistleblowing as Responsible Followership (C. Fred Alford).


18. Followersâ??Cognitive and Affective Structures and Leadership Processes (Robert G. Lord).

19. Social Identity Processes and the Empowerment of Followers (Michael A. Hogg).

20. Lead, Follow, and Get out of the Way: Involving Employees in the Visioning Process (Melissa K. Carsten and Michelle C. Bligh).

21. Effective Followership for Creativity and Innovation: A Range of Colors and Dimensions (Kimberly S. Jaussi, Andy Stefanovich, and Patricia G. Devlin).

22. Conformist, Resistant, and Disguised Selves: A Post-Structuralist Approach to Identity and Workplace Followership (David Collinson).

23. The Rise of Authentic Followership (Bruce J. Avolio and Rebecca J. Reichard).



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Author Information

Ronald E. Riggio is director of the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He is coeditor of The Practice of Leadership and Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, both from Jossey-Bass, and coauthor of Transformational Leadership, from Erlbaum.

Ira Chaleff is president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, and the author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up to and for Our Leaders, from Berrett-Koehler.

Jean Lipman-Blumen is Thorton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and professor of organizational behavior at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, and author, The Allure of Toxic Leadership and Connective Leadership.

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"Andy and Patty share indispensable insight to leaders of innovative change in their chapter, Effective Followship for Creativity and Innovation.” (ThinkAboutItHarder.com, 05/05/08)

The Art of Followership turn leadership book on their heads. As the authors argue, followership is more important now that it has ever been. (Consulting Magazine, 05/05/08)

The Art of Followership is actually quite different in presentation…. Some chapters are quite short; others describe individual programs as a springboard for talking about the phenomenon. But most are scholarly think-pieces that are quite conceptual. (Financial Executive, 05/01/2008)

"With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners, this book highlights the different model, perspectives, and meaning of followership." (T + D Magazine, 04/28)

"My long-time collaborator James MacGregor Burns, who wrote the forward in this book, deemed it is a ' landmark book in the complexities of the leader-follower dynamic. I agree." (TLC Newsletter, 04/2008)

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