FOLLOWERSHIP is your ability to support your employer in the accomplishment of his goals-no matter what!
This is done through the skillful application of a specific set of skills and intentional practice that synergistically enhances your employer’s effectiveness.
Extracted from The Effectiveness Guide:
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the
candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
This site will help you enhance your Followership!
What is Followership? Why is it important? Do you need to be a good follower? How can Followership help you become more effective? All great questions that we’ll address plus much, much, more. Let’s begin.
Leadership and Followership have always been inextricably linked because one cannot be effective or successful without the other.
You cannot be a Leader without simultaneously
being a Follower of someone.
What is Followership?
Followership is your ability to support your employer in the
accomplishment of his goals – no matter what!
We are all Followers of someone.
I believe that you can be an effective follower without ever being a leader. In fact, that’s how many people prefer it. Most people are quite happy either being the #2 or #3 person in an organization or quietly serving as a member of a staff.
However, to become more effective and valuable as a follower, it helps to understand the roles, stresses, and responsibilities of your Leader. Frequently, you’ll need to be thinking one or two steps ahead of your leader – to anticipate, to see around corners, and to smell out unresolved issues before they become problems.
That’s what gives followers their credibility. This is why behind every effective leader you’ll find a team of dedicated, loyal, committed, and effective followers that ultimately determine the effectiveness and success of their leader.
Over the past five decades, serving in the US Military (as a US Army Officer) and in Corporate America (as an Executive Coach), I have been privileged to work with some of America’s most exceptional men and women that were real game-changers, self-starters, and effective team members.
To become absolutely essential to any organization, you must be perceived as someone who can be counted on to consistently produce excellent results that contribute to your leader’s goals.
The effective people with whom I served, both leaders and followers, had one thing in common: They effectively influenced the actions of others by skillfully using:
The 10 Core Competencies of Effectiveness
Followership | Delegating | Planning | Organizing
Communicating | Problem-Solving | Awareness
Training | Motivating | Character
So, how can you become more effective tomorrow than you are today?
Here a few suggestions on how to become a more effective follower.
“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of heroes,
but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
– Helen Keller
Another way of becoming a more effective tomorrow than you are today is by being proactive.
A proactive person is someone who identifies potential
problems before they become a crisis.
A proactive person is someone who creates or controls a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it happens.
Being proactive requires that you:
- Anticipating your leader’s needs
- Identify potential mistakes before they become a problem
- Identify potential problems before they become a crisis
- Do NOT wait to be told exactly what to do
- Find out, if you don’t know
- Take charge of your assigned duties and responsibilities
- Make things happen the right way the first time
- Be enterprising and take-charge
- Are energetic, driven, and bold
- Follow up and Follow through
Being proactive also means that you are proficient in how to take Immediate Action.
Contribute to your Leader’s Meetings!
“It is the men behind who make the man ahead.”
– Merle Crowell
Your leader ‘s meetings are important because they may be the only contact or observation your leader has of your performance. It will be attended by your leader’s other followers; your peers.
As such, a few things “TO DO” when attending your leader’s meetings:
- Arrive 15 minutes early to get to know your peers
- Display dignity, respect, and kindness
- Do everything you can to support your peers (Teamwork is critical)
- Put your cell phone on vibrate or leave it in your office
- Demonstrate that you’re a Team Player by your 100% attention, involvement, and participation
- Come with the attitude to contribute, encourage, and help others
A few things you should “NOT DO”are:
- Be late
- Surprise your leader
- Embarrass a peer
- Find fault or complain
“Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.”
– Myles Munroe
Being self-correcting is especially important when starting a new position, even if it’s within the same organization. Starting anything new is all about making mistakes to learn what must be learned to master what was new. That’s how we learn. I’m constantly amazed by all those who never write anything down-take notes. Why is that? Why do so few people take notes anymore?
“A short pencil is a long memory.” – Unknown
When you have a question, write it down; don’t trust your memory. Many time the person with the correct answer won’t be immediately available to ask. Also, if you hear or see a term you don’t understand, write it down; don’t trust your memory. Later, find out what the term means. Keep a list of all your questions and the terms you don’t understand. This will help you later when you get the chance to sponsor a new member into your team.
Those who are self-correcting:
- Take notes-they don’t trust their memory
- Write down their questions and the answers
- Are unafraid to ask questions
- Proactively seek out answers to their questions
Behavior includes what you say and do,
plus what you fail to say and do.
Behavior is normally measured subjectively. Does your behavior reflect positively on the organization’s standards and expectations? How do you treat your team members and customers? Do you treat everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness? These are the things effective leaders consider when assessing your performance.
When you make a mistake, have the moral courage
to admit it, fix it, and learn from it.
When you hurt someone’s feelings, or your behavior was inappropriate, have the moral courage to apologize, say you’re sorry, make no excuses, and don’t do it again.
Why no excuses? Making excuses diminishes your sincerity and makes you sound like you’re trying to hide behind your excuse. You’re human, and humans make mistakes.
Most importantly, there’s no excuse for bad behavior.
To be continued: If you’d like to learn more about enhancing your FOLLOWERSHIP, you can do so by adding this book to your professional library, today!
YOUR GUIDE TO
Here you’ll learn these skills:
CHAPTER 1: BY UNDERSTANDING FOLLOWERSHIP
CHAPTER 2: BY KNOWING YOUR “REDCAPS” COLD!
CHAPTER 3: WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR EMPLOYER?
CHAPTER 4: BY “ADDING-VALUE” TO YOUR EMPLOYER
CHAPTER 5: BY BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO YOUR EMPLOYER
CHAPTER 6: BY CONTRIBUTING TO EMPLOYER MEETINGS
CHAPTER 7: BY FOLLOW UP & FOLLOW THROUGH
CHAPTER 8: BY BEING PROACTIVE
CHAPTER 9: BY GIVING “SITUATION REPORTS”
CHAPTER 10: BY ACCEPTING NEW ASSIGNMENTS
CHAPTER 11: BY AVOIDING THE REASONS PROJECTS FAIL
CHAPTER 12: BY CONDUCTING PROJECTS
CHAPTER 13: BY GIVING FEEDBACK TO YOUR EMPLOYER
CHAPTER 14: BY ENHANCING YOUR CREDIBILITY
CHAPTER 15: BY SUPPORTING YOUR EMPLOYER
APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF TERMS
APPENDIX B: TAKING “IMMEDIATE ACTION”
APPENDIX C: USING “PREVENTIVE ACTIONS”
APPENDIX D: GIVING AND RECEIVING “BACKBRIEFINGS”
APPENDIX E: CREATING “CONTINGENCY/MITIGATION PLANS”
APPENDIX F: CREATING A “PLAN OF ACTION”
APPENDIX G: DON’T FORGET NOTHIN!
APPENDIX H: ASSESSING “CONSEQUENCES AND EFFECTS”
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CHAPTER 1: BY BECOMING A BETTER FOLLOWER
CHAPTER 2: BY BECOMING A BETTER DELEGATOR
CHAPTER 3: BY BECOMING A BETTER PLANNER
CHAPTER 4: BY BECOMING A BETTER ORGANIZER
CHAPTER 5: BY BECOMING A BETTER COMMUNICATOR
CHAPTER 6: BY BECOMING A BETTER PROBLEM SOLVER
CHAPTER 7: BY ENHANCING YOUR AWARENESS
CHAPTER 8: BY BECOMING A BETTER TRAINER
CHAPTER 9: BY ENHANCING YOUR ABILITY TO MOTIVATE
CHAPTER 10: BY ENHANCING YOUR CHARACTER
APPENDIX A: PLAN OF ACTION EXAMPLE
APPENDIX B: REAL WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING EXAMPLE
APPENDIX C: ADVANCE PROBLEM SOLVING WITH VUCA
APPENDIX D: CAREER ADVICE
APPENDIX E: CREATING MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
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