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Publisher's Summary

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

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Tough listen.

I have not read the book but the audio version is like listening to a robot read the encyclopedia. There are some good points in the book and I think it is useful but not an easy listen at all.

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Great book

Very few books provide insight on decisions made by every follower aspiring to be a great leader. This book was great and would rank it in the top ten books i have read on leadership.

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A Follower, Not A Sheep

Would you listen to The Courageous Follower again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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.