Being an effective follower | WMBA 6000 – Dynamic Leadership | Walden University

 Robert Kelley (1992), author of The Power of Followership, suggested that effective followers possess four common qualities:

  • They are self-managing and able to work effectively without direct supervision;
  • They are very committed to the organization’s goals;
  • They possess a high level of competence and mastery of their job skills; and
  • They act with a high level of credibility and ethics in their job performance.

In this Discussion, you will consider what it means to be a good follower and will consider your own effectiveness in that role.

RESOURCES

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources on followership.
  • Consider your own strengths and areas for growth as a follower and how you might improve your followership skills.

BY DAY 3

Post a summary of what effective followership entails, including an analysis of your own effectiveness as a follower. Based on your reading and analysis of this week’s Learning Resources, as well as your own experience and observations, respond to the following:

  • Do you see yourself as an effective follower? Why or why not? Be sure to provide examples.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses, or shortcomings, in being an effective follower? What actions can you take to improve your followership skills?
  • How can being an effective follower translate to effective leadership? Hint: Your discussion should consider how the “followers” empower or enable the leader’s behaviors (for good or bad).
  • What recommendations would you make for leaders to better empower and support their followers to meet their goals?

Note: Be sure to justify your conclusions with supporting examples from your own personal experiences or those of others, from current events, and from the Learning Resources.

Refer to the Week 4 Discussion Rubric for specific grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use this grading rubric to assess your work.

Read some of your colleagues’ postings.

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