Leadership v Followership

There is a growing belief that management training has concentrated too much on ‘leadership’ skills and this preoccupation has ‘led to too many offices with people who think they are in charge while fewer and fewer actually do the work’, (The Times, on 1 October 2015).

The argument runs on that ‘Followership is something companies should think about’.

The article also quoted Ira Chaleff, the American followership expert: ‘Just as leaders are responsible for bringing out the best in their followers, followers are responsible for bringing out the best in their leaders…. Many significant failures…. could have been prevented or mitigated if those lower in the hierarchy were successful at communicating to leaders the risks they saw’.

We can cut to the chase here.

Whether a ‘Leader’ or a ‘Follower’, what really matters is that training needs to be better at all levels. The more personal and interpersonal skills, understanding and grasp of techniques that key people in an organisation have, the better they will perform whatever their role.

Falconbury’s ‘Mini MBA’ for Senior Managers provides those key business skills that will make a major difference to the individual and to his business. The more you know, the more you will contribute at every level and at every stage in your career. You can, with confidence, follow our lead on this!

Neil Thomas

October 2015

Published on Oct 07, 2015 by Neil Thomas