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Description

Following requests means doing what we are asked or told to do without question or challenge.

Requests can be small or large, requiring little or large effort. They may even require expense on your part. When asked to do expensive or time-consuming things, you may want to consider the 'return on investment' of the value you will get from complying with the request.

Following requests can be short-term or long-term. In the short term, you simply do as you are asked. Longer-term followership often involves an emotional commitment to another person to do as they ask over an often-indefinite period.

Example

Sure. I'll do that for you.

Ok. I'll put this down and do it for you right away.

I like what you are saying and will join you in your quest.

Discussion

Following requests is not free. If I freely comply with your request then an exchange is set up where you then owe me a returned request or a duty of care where you actively look out for me.

The unspoken agreement of leadership-followership is like this where the leader is assumed to personally care for the well-being of followers.

A danger of doing what is asked of you is that the person gets used to you being compliant and just expects you to always do as you are told, without feeling any obligation to return the help.

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