Embracing Followers: A Skill Every Leader Needs

Embracing Followers: A Skill Every Leader Needs

Governance By: Ericka Harney

There are no leaders without followers. But many leaders overlook an important part of their job: encouraging, supporting, and recognizing good "followership." Here are some simple ways that association board and staff leaders can do just that.

The word "leadership" carries with it a certain gravitas. Leadership can be intimidating. Many people who have potential to become leaders see the requirements of leadership as overwhelming. Being a leader isn't for everyone, but there are other ways to involve a talented and dedicated people in the organization's work that don't require them to take on a leadership role....