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Why Leaders Need Followers

Published Fri Jun 30 2023


A common misconception is that leadership is solely about the leader’s qualities and actions. The truth is that followers are integral to the success of a leader. Good followership involves active participation, critical thinking, and the ability to provide constructive feedback to the leader. Followers possess unique strengths and attributes complementing a leader’s vision and goals. The followers’ support, trust, and commitment greatly influence a leader’s effectiveness. Good followers actively engage in tasks, offer diverse perspectives, and challenge ideas when necessary, ultimately leading to better decision making and innovation. This means that there must be mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers. Leaders who recognize and value their followers’ contributions foster an environment of collaboration and empowerment. This, in turn, encourages followers to give their best and helps establish a shared sense of purpose. Effective leaders rely on their followers’ resilience, adaptability, and trust during challenging situations. Followers who feel valued and empowered are more likely to remain committed and loyal even in adversity. Leadership is a collective effort, and successful leaders must understand the significance of followership. By recognizing the importance of followers, leaders can create a positive and inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, innovation, and growth.

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