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Kellerman's follower typology

 

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Barbara Kellerman, has described a typology of followership based on the level of engagement. She sees good followers as actively supporting effective and ethical leaders and responding appropriately to bad leaders. Bad followers are seen as making no contribution and supporting the wrong types of leader.

Isolates

Isolates care little for their leaders and do not particularly respond to them. These are often found in large companies, where they are do their jobs and keep their heads below the parapet.

Bystanders

Bystanders disengage from the organization, watching from the sidelines almost as an observer. They go along passively but they offer little active support.

Participants

Participants care about the organization and try to make an impact. If they agree with the leader they will support them. If they disagree, they will oppose them.

Activists

Activists feel more strongly about their organizations and leaders and act accordingly. When supportive, they are eager, energetic, and engaged.

Diehards

Diehards are passionate about an idea a person or both and will give all for them. When they consider something worthy, they becomes dedicated.

See also

Kellerman, B. (2007). What Every Leader Needs to Know About Followers. Harvard Business Review, December 2007, pp. 84-91

 

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