Are you a good Follower? Would your Leader agree?
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the
candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
Leadership and Followership have always been inextricable linked because one cannot be effective or successful without the other.
You cannot be a Leader without simultaneously being a Follower to someone.
We all have a Leader. Even the President of the US has a Leader: the American People. Even the self-employed, consultants, and entrepreneurs have a Leader; whoever pays them for their products and services. How good are your results and behavior? Do you always do what your Leader really likes and avoid doing what he dislikes? If not, you’ll hear about it. Do you have good communications with your Leader? If not, why? If in doubt, ask!
Effective Leaders know that the influence they need can only be achieved through the proper and timely application of all 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness. The history of America is replete with examples of Leaders who were wise enough, smart enough, and driven enough to realize their shortcomings. This caused them to seek out and hire the best and the brightest Followers they could find to help them became more effective, successful, and rich.
What is Followership?
Followership is the ability to support your designated Leader and to contribute to the accomplishment of his goals.
I believe that you can be an effective Follower without ever being a Leader. In fact, that’s how many people prefer it. Most people are quite happy either being the #2 or #3 person in an organization or quietly serving as a member of a staff.
However, to be more effective Follower, it helps to understand the roles, stresses, and responsibilities of your Leader. Many times you will need to be thinking one or two steps ahead of your Leader – to anticipate, to see around corners, to smell out unresolved issues before they become problems. That’s what gives Followers their value. This is why behind every effective Leader you’ll find a team of dedicated, loyal, committed, and effective Followers that ultimately determine the effectiveness and success of their Leader.
Over the past five decades, serving in the US Military (as a US Army Officer) and in Corporate America (as an Executive Coach), I have been privileged to work with some of America’s most exceptional men and women that were real game changers, self-starters, and effective team members.
To become absolutely essential to any organization, you must be perceived as someone who can be counted on to consistently produce excellent results and serve the team.
My effective Leaders and Followers all had one thing in common. Either they, or one of their trusted Followers, effectively influenced the actions of others by skillfully using these 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness:
To be continued: You can learn more about Followership, and how it can help enhance your career, by add this book to your professional library, today!
YOUR GUIDE TO BETTER FOLLOWERSHIP
Here you’ll learn:
CHAPTER 1: BY KNOWING THE ROLE OF FOLLOWERSHIP
CHAPTER 2: BY KNOWING YOUR “REDCAPS”
CHAPTER 3: BY BEING ACCOUNTABLE
CHAPTER 4: BY CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR LEADER’S MEETINGS
CHAPTER 5: BY FOLLOWING UP & FOLLOWING THROUGH
CHAPTER 6: BY BEING PROACTIVE
CHAPTER 7: BY GIVING “SITUATION REPORTS”
CHAPTER 8: BY DOING YOUR BEST WORK EVERY DAY
CHAPTER 9: BY BEING SELF-CORRECTING
CHAPTER 10: BY PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO YOUR LEADER
CHAPTER 11: BY ACCEPTING AN ASSIGNMENT
CHAPTER 12: BY NEGOTIATING AN ASSIGNMENT
CHAPTER 13: BY AVOIDING THE CAUSES OF FAILURE
CHAPTER 14: BY CONDUCTING AN ASSIGNMENT
CHAPTER 15: BY BUILDING CREDIBILITY WITH YOUR LEADER
APPENDIX A: BY BEING MORE SENSITIVE TO YOUR LEADER
APPENDIX B: BY TAKING “IMMEDIATE ACTION”-
APPENDIX C: BY USING “PREVENTIVE ACTIONS”
APPENDIX D: BY GIVING AND RECEIVING “BACKBRIEFINGS”
You now have the chance to learn more about how Followership and how it can enhance your career.
Here are two specialty books designed to help you become a more effective follower tomorrow than you are today:
The first book focuses on Project Management:
MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Why Everything in Life is a Project
Here’s what you’ll learn:
CHAPTER 1: YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE
CHAPTER 2: THE PROJECT PROCESS
CHAPTER 3: WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?
CHAPTER 4: IS THIS TOO RISKY?
CHAPTER 5: LET’S GET THIS APPROVED
CHAPTER 6: TIME TO COORDINATE
CHAPTER 7: TRACKING ALL THE “MOVING PARTS”
CHAPTER 8: CHECKING, CHECKING, CHECKING
CHAPTER 9: GETTING AHEAD OF CHANGE
CHAPTER 10: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
CHAPTER 11: TIME TO PREPARE
CHAPTER 12: WHERE ARE WE?
CHAPTER 13: IT’S GAME TIME!
CHAPTER 14: PROJECT’S OVER, NOW WHAT?
APPENDIX A: WHAT “PLAN OF ACTION” LOOKS LIKE
APPENDIX B: “DON’T FORGET NOTHIN” LIST
APPENDIX C: CONDUCTING REAL WORLD PROJECT
APPENDIX D: BRAINSTORMING
APPENDIX E: PROBLEM RESOLUTION MEETING
APPENDIX F: RISK ASSESSMENT
The second book focuses on how to earn and maintain credibility with your Leader.
YOUR GUIDE TO BETTER CREDIBILITY
Here’s what you’ll learn:
CHAPTER 1: BY UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF CREDIBILITY
CHAPTER 2: BY SERVING YOUR TEAM MEMBERS
CHAPTER 3: BY TREATING EVERYONE WITH DRC
CHAPTER 4: BY SUPPORTING YOUR TEAM’S GOALS
CHAPTER 5: BY ACHIEVING TEAM CONSENSUS
CHAPTER 6: BY PROTECTING THEIR “HEALTH & WELFARE”
CHAPTER 7: BY CREATING MORE EFFECTIVE LEADERS
CHAPTER 8: BY FOLLOWING UP AND FOLLOWING THROUGH
CHAPTER 9: BY BEING MORE SENSITIVE TO YOUR LEADER
CHAPTER 10: BY KEEPING THE PEACE
CHAPTER 11: BY MAXIMIZING YOUR PERSONAL PRESENCE
You also have the chance to purchase The Effectiveness Guide, which contains all 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness, but does not include Your Guide to Better Followership, because it is not one of the 9 Core Competencies of Effectiveness.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
CHAPTER 1: WHAT MAKES A LEADER EFFECTIVE?
CHAPTER 2: BY BECOMING A BETTER DELEGATOR
CHAPTER 3: BY BECOMING A BETTER PLANNER
CHAPTER 4: BY BECOMING A BETTER ORGANIZER
CHAPTER 5: BY BECOMING A BETTER COMMUNICATOR
CHAPTER 6: BY BECOMING A BETTER PROBLEM SOLVER
CHAPTER 7: BY ENHANCING YOUR AWARENESS
CHAPTER 8: BY BECOMING A BETTER TRAINER
CHAPTER 9: BY ENHANCING YOUR ABILITY TO MOTIVATE
CHAPTER 10: BY ENHANCING YOUR CHARACTER
APPENDIX A: PLAN OF ACTION EXAMPLE
APPENDIX B: REAL WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING EXAMPLE
APPENDIX C: ADVANCE PROBLEM SOLVING WITH VUCA
APPENDIX D: CAREER ADVICE
APPENDIX E: CREATING MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
The Effectiveness Guide will be the best investment you’ll ever make in your career.
Also, if you feel this information could help someone else, please take a few moments to let them know. If it turns out to make a difference in their life, they’ll be forever grateful to you – as will I.
Let’s make a difference together – one person at a time!
All the best!
Founder of TheCAREERMaker.com
Connect with me at:
What are you doing to improve yourself? Stop wishing you were better and do something about it today.