Leadership & Followership!

Leadership and followership are intertwined. There’s no leadership without followership. But, there could be followership without leadership. Even though, a good followership will lead to leadership.

In this article, I will share with you some  points to help you understand why followers follow.

Bestseller author Stephen Covey said the reasons ¨followers follow have different motivational and psychological roots¨.

Followers follow out of fear. They either fear  something bad is going to happen to them or something good will be taken away from them.

Followers follow because of the the benefits that come with the following. Covey calls it “utility power”. This is a give and take relationship.

A third level of leadership-followership responding is based on the power some people have with others. “This is principle-centered power”, said Covey based on trust, respect, honor.

As a self-directed student of leadership, what’s your leadership-followership style? What does following means to you? Who are you following?

Let me know.



Published by Roosevelt

Roosevelt JF is a Global Leadership Fulbright Research Scholar from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he taught Haitian Studies as an Adjunct Instructor (2005-2010). Roosevelt was also a senior admissions adviser at Kaplan University. Roosevelt JF is the President of The JF TEAM, INC; a full media marketing and business development consulting firm based in Fort-Lauderdale, FL. He is a sought out radio and TV business show host. He is also a guest for several mainstream medias including NPR, the Miami Herald and Newsweek. He also leads the Center for Communication of AIDS, a network of journalists committed against AIDS in Haiti and South Florida. He speaks fluently Creole, English, French and Spanish. He is the author Of "Leadership sur le vif: Des idées pour le changement et la création de richesse en Haïti".

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