Exploring the 'Flip Side' of the Coin: Do Authentic Leaders Need Authentic Followers?

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Book Chapter


Drucker School of Management (CGU)

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Leadership Studies


Leadership has been written about and studied for centuries, more often than not addressing how those in leadership roles influence their followers. This represents a very leader-centric view of the leadership phenomenon, where followers are considered as passive recipients of leaders' influence. However, people's attempts to exercise leadership cannot be successful if there are no other people who recognize and support their leadership. In other words, effective leadership cannot exist without some form of followership - this book re-casts the 'follower' role in a more favourable and productive light.

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