great leaders need great followers
The term followership may seem unfamiliar in the business world, even unsavory, but that is changing. Seen as a dynamic complement to leadership, followership becomes a powerful position and represents a crucial collection of support skills for employees at all levels and across all industries. Leaders only succeed when they have outstanding support. The lens of followership makes it easier and more intuitive for employees to learn how to consistently provide this support.
Workshops introduce the concept of empowered following, and how those in primarily following roles can most effectively support those in leadership roles in specific ways. Through a combination of interactive movement exercises, written responses, and group discussion, participants explore skills and practices that can improve communication, boost productivity, and diminish conflict in their everyday work environment. Employees in management roles learn how switching between leading and following can be organic, and how the two roles complement one another to improve work flow and professional relationships.
Connection: Our work becomes meaningful to us when we have the sense of mutual investment in a shared purpose.
Attention: listening, acceptance, positivity
Engagement: when and how to question, suggest, and inform
Openness: ability to receive feedback, learn through disagreement
Collaboration: We need one another in order to do our best. How can we work with others most effectively?
Delivery: producing quality work on time
Flexibility: readily adapting to change
Patience: calm under stressful conditions
Safeguard: setting healthy boundaries
Creativity: Taking ownership of our work requires a personal commitment, and looks different for everyone.
Bravery: self-educating to solve problems, offering solutions
Style: experimenting, thinking critically, personalizing your work
Initiative: organizing others around an idea, considering impact