There are aisles of books on leadership. Some great nuggets out there, like “the trick to leadership is keeping the people who hate you away from those who are still undecided.” And, “if you want to be a leader, find a parade and get in front of it.” Good stuff!
But, for every leader, there must be at least one or two followers, right? Shouldn’t the followers be brushing up on their skills too? But, there are few, if any, books on the subject. Are followers reluctant to hone their following abilities?
Is that why all the leadership books are needed; because leaders have to find creative ways to motivate reluctant followers? Is the major problem of leadership that followers just won’t follow? Nah!
Maybe the problem for some organizations is that everyone is shopping in the Leadership aisle at the bookstore. If everyone wants to lead, then there is no one left to follow… And, if there is no one following, then the leader is just taking a walk by herself.
In the end, we are each following someone or something — even our actual and so-called leaders. Given that, it seems to me that a good book on following is long over-due. Anyone following me???