To Understand Leadership, Study "Followership"

I was at a conference with 50 or so chief learning officers last week and we had a number of discussions about leadership.

Despite the fact that there are thousands of models, consultants, books, and assessments for leadership, this group hardly agreed on anything.

We did agree that leadership development is a critically important challenge, and we also agreed that most leadership development programs are too fragmented and not focused enough on the company's specific, current business strategy.

That is, most leadership development and coaching focuses on "rounding out edges," helping leaders identify their "towering strengths" and both leveraging them while identifying our derailers or blind spots.

I walked away with some interesting take-aways I wanted to share.

In order to study great leadership you have to study great "followership." Great leaders naturally attract great followers. Who do we follow and why?

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