Thursday, February 19, 2009

Where You Lead, I Will Follow...

A new study at Cambridge University, reported that followers are just as important as are the leaders themselves, at least among stickleback fish. The study showed that followers bring out the best in their leaders, and leaders elicit better following skills in their followers. When timid fish were paired with a very bold fish, the bolder fish "inspired" the timid fish into becoming a very faithful follower. “Our study shows that the process by which leaders and followers emerge is a dynamic one,” said Andrea Manica of the University of Cambridge. “Individuals aren't simply born leaders or followers, but their role in a pair - and we could speculate, in a larger group - is the result of social feedback where everyone plays a role.”

As you read the the Library's recommended books on how to develop your leadership skills, remember that followers can bring out the best in a leader.

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders
Barbara Kellerman 2008

Living into Leadership: A Journey in Ethics
Bowen H. McCoy 2007

The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow
Michael Maccoby 2007

The Leadership Challenge
James M. Kouzes 2007

The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader
Joseph White 2007

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking
Roger L. Martin 2007

On Becoming a Leader
Warren Bennis 1989

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman 2002

The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
John C. Maxwell 2005

Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life
Stewart D. Friedman 2008

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
David Logan 2008

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