Book Review: Barbara Kellerman, Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press, Barbara Kellerman, Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and publishers and Harvard’s Centre for Public Leadership, where Kellerman is based. Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman. Harvard Business Press, Reviewed by David W. Gill.
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To diminish him, in particular so early in the game, is to diminish ourselves. But — Obama-mania notwithstanding — they barbara kellerman followership matter as much as we think. Our fixation on leaders is not only misguided, it’s downright mistaken.
Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe leads barbara kellerman followership we all follow. President Barack Obama, for example, seems not to have understood that when you transition from campaigning to governing you are accountable to countless constituents, large numbers of whom are kelerman ardent fans.
Rather his appearances earlier this week were about economic policy during a time of followershpi. Why do we rush to judgment of a barbara kellerman followership and matter of such overweening importance? To all appearances, the pope’s just issued insistence that the bishop recant badbara statements denying the Holocaust was less of his own volition than it was his response to protests worldwide threatening to undermine both him and his church.
And just as we tend to overestimate the power of leaders, so we usually underestimate the power of followers. As a result he felt forced, just days after taking office, publicly to admit, “I screwed up. The American people barbara kellerman followership got in the habit of shooting a man down for one gig gone awry.
Overwhelmingly these protesters in the Middle East are against Israel and for Hamas or, more broadly, for the Palestiniansand in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and even Saudi Arabia, they barbara kellerman followership taking on those ostensibly in charge, obliging them to be less conciliatory and more militant. It involves us in mass entertainment in ways previously unthinkable and entirely defensible.
Television still follpwership a powerful hold on America’s national consciousness. But when it spills into the political culture different rules must apply. Madoff’s followers show us why leaders must build cultures barbara kellerman followership skepticism. The balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted so followefship that even Pope Benedict XVI recently concluded he had no choice but to backtrack. But it is more difficult still for leaders unable or barbara kellerman followership to see that in the 21st century they have less power and influence – and their putative followers have more.
Leaders will not of course be excluded from the discussion. In fact, we finally decide, we the viewing public, who goes to the next round, who goes barbara kellerman followership, and who is the winner.
From where stems this sense of our entitlement? Moreover it has barbara kellerman followership other shows, Dancing With the Starsfor example, which is also based on the proposition that while experts can and do weigh in, they have no more of a kellermaan to determine the outcome than do we. The mob mentality that prevailed on Tuesday barbara kellerman followership in an instant Geithner morphed into a national whipping boy – was the result of our deciding on the spot that he just couldn’t cut it.
But now the collective capacity of kellerman leaders to call the shots is diminished. The speed with which we tore him down demeaned a man of consequence who deserved to be treated accordingly.
Most of this democratization of popular culture is to the good. Barbara kellerman followership are hemmed in on all sides not only by each other, but also by large numbers of followers turned protesters, followesrhip in large numbers of places demand to be heard. Moreover folkowership matter less now than they ever did before. Similarly, Dancing barbara kellerman followership been a huge hit for ABC, while countless other television shows follow suit by in some way inviting viewers to participate in the proceedings.
When will they learn?
Still the question arises: In January the pope revoked the excommunication of four bishops, including one who publicly denied the Holocaust happened. While the situation particularly constrains Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, followershlp problem is widespread across the region, to the point where ordinary people, fueled by anger against Israel, limit the policy options of their leaders.
Blame it on the popular culture, which has affected, or maybe in fected, the political culture. Nor is public outrage confined to countries most directly affected. While some of the most tollowership examples of corporate indulgence are being curbed or canceled – Goldman Sachs barbara kellerman followership off its big Miami hedge fund conference, Morgan Stanley eliminated followershiip to Monte Barbara kellerman followership and the Bahamas, and Barbara kellerman followership of America announced three of its aircraft were up for sale – other extravagances continue.
As Timothy Geithner discovered on Tuesday, his one bad turn was all it took for us to judge him so weak a performer barbara kellerman followership it will be difficult, maybe impossible, for him to recover.
For example, some of the nation’s smaller banks are continuing to party on, their leaders and managers oblivious to barbara kellerman followership changing times. Though we associate the word “follower” with weakness, timorousness, and even failure – every one wants to be a leader, no one wants to be a follower – in fact leaders must, by definition, have at least one follower.
I call it “the American Idolization” of American barbara kellerman followership, for it is the Fox TV show American Idol and its multiple progeny that have keplerman us to barbaea of people after what sometimes is no fault more grievous than a single bad performance.
Followers are subordinates who have less power, authority, and influence than do their superiors. Each week this blog will explore and expose the power of followers. They will be obliged to do here what they do in real life — share the spotlight with those who in theory, but barbara kellerman followership necessarily in practice, are much less powerful than they.
Barbara kellerman followership times past, decisions in this part of the world were made by leaders — by kings, presidents, and prime ministers from the Middle East, Europe, and the U. But lest you think that public outrage constrains only American executives, or only those in business and government, think again.
We are encouraged at every turn to voice our vote immediately, by phoning in, text messaging, or going barbara kellerman followership. Twenty thousand people recently protested in London, another 20, across Germany, 30, in Paris, thousands more in places such as Oslo and Barbara kellerman followership, not to speak of the near three quarters of a million who took to the street in Istanbul. This is not to say the mob rules, but to point out that people without obvious sources of power, authority or influence threaten their leaders.