Ira Chaleff's best seller (over 40,000 copies sold across two editions) becomes even more relevant today as failures in leadership grow astronomically, requiring greater vigilance and oversight on the part of the citizenry.
©2009 Ira Chaleff (P)2012 Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Yes. I've read it previously in fact. This book isn't a "self-help" book so much as it is a philosophy book & I think there's benefit from repeat exposure.
The book does a good job of putting followership into context. From an early age we're taught that we should always be leaders; being a follower is equated with weakness. But, as Chaleff explains, an individual may have several leadership roles, but also some follower roles, and vice-versa. We wear a lot of different hats in life. Sometimes we're leaders, other times followers. And that's a good thing.
I liked the notion of being a responsible follower. It illustrates the delicate balance between faithfully executing the aims of leadership in a responsible way and in being a slavish devotee--when to try to change an organization from the inside and when to be a whistle-blower.
A Follower, Not A Sheep. I also think the book's subtitle "Standing Up To And For Our Leaders" would make a good tag-line.
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