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Leadership and followership
Viewing follower as an imitator of the leader, followership often viewed as trait of a weak personality- which is not true. “Followers are more important to leaders than leaders are to followers.”- Barbara Kellerman.
Leadership and followership are two distinct but interdependent concepts. The world viewing the leader as the power holder, mostly preaches everyone to be a leader. Everyone needs to be a leader and a follower too. Power is not centralized with the leader but it is shared with the follower.
Any leader will grow as he knows his community more and a follower grows with the leader too.
In a given organization a person either by promotion or by recruitment will start as a positional leader and the team members will follow him because of the positional authority he holds, the involvement of the follower is at the basic level.
Once the leader starts to know his community by being an active listener, the followers will be liking him more and will choose to follow him. By building this relation followers will be willing to participate in goal setting. Following the leader’s policy followers will have a vision about the results they are going to achieve collectively which will take their involvement to the next level. Seeing the personal gain in the collective goal, a follower will connect to the leader at a personal level which will make them more active followers. As the leader and the followers grow together they can make a successful team and put their best efforts together in achieving the common goals.
A leader should create a vision and convince that vision is for the betterment of the whole community and role modeling the behavior that will make the vision into reality will win more involvement from the followers. Leaders have to travel into future along with the team.
The follower using his power in the right way to…...

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