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ˈfɒl oʊ ərˌʃɪpfol·low·er·ship

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  1. followershipnoun

    Adherence to a leader

  2. followershipnoun

    A group of followers

  3. followershipnoun

    To support the success of a leader or team. To manage up


  1. Followership

    Followership is the actions of someone in a subordinate role. It can also be considered as a specific set of skills that complement leadership, a role within a hierarchical organization, a social construct that is integral to the leadership process, or the behaviors engaged in while interacting with leaders in an effort to meet organizational objectives. As such, followership is best defined as an intentional practice on the part of the subordinate to enhance the synergetic interchange between the follower and the leader. In organizations, “leadership is not just done by the leader, and followership is not just done by followers.” This perspective suggests that leadership and followership do not operate on one continuum, with one decreasing while the other increases. Rather, each dimension exists as a discrete dimension, albeit with some shared competencies.The study of followership is an emerging area within the leadership field that helps explain outcomes. Specifically, followers play important individual, relational, and collective roles in organizational failures and successes. “If leaders are to be credited with setting the vision for the department or organization and inspiring followers to action, then followers need to be credited with the work that is required to make the vision a reality.”The term follower can be used as a personality type, as a position in a hierarchy, as a role, or as a set of traits and behaviors. Studies of followership have produced various theories including trait, behavioral attributes, role, and constructionist theories in addition to exploring myths or misunderstandings about followership.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of followership in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of followership in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of followership in a Sentence

  1. Alvin Toffler:

    You might have developed capacities to lead yourself effectively, and developed the competencies in adapting to change and making effective decisions, but leading and influencing others can be a totally different experience.…the led reserves the right of followership! …the decision to follow you or not is theirs!~Adesiji Rabiu


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