March 14, 2011

Followers Choose Leaders

Leaders are usually defined by followers if we excluded the formal and positional leadership. followers decide the leader who they want to follow and they have the power to make any officially appointed leader fail his job.

Different followers would choose different leaders. it is argued that when followers do not have strong concept guiding their behaviours they would search for someone who has a charisma and they would accept their offers. this would appear as a controlling type of relationship where followers are told what to do. On the other hand, when followers have strong concepts, high self-esteem, and motivated to protect those concepts, they would look for a leader who has a vision that comply with their values and respect their concepts.

This discussion points to the importance of understanding followers' psychology in order to be able to make use of leadership theories, approaches, and tools. Although many do not believe in charismatic leadership as an appropriate approach, they may find themselves among followers who are searching for such a leader. hence, adapting this style, even as a transitional stage, might be necessary.


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  1. I think leaders and followers choose each other in the real world. In a business, trust is very important. I always heared some big loss because of lack of trust between top-manager and his or her followers in my country. So a leader choose the real followers is very cautious, and also the genius followers very carefully choose their leader. This is a real situation always happened in my country. So, actually leaders and followers choose each other.

    29 Mar 2011, 21:10


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