Followership
Skills

build great relationships

Followership
Course

build great relationships

The CONNECT Course

A 9-week course to strengthen work relationships

Be Both A Great Leader and A Great Follower

We all understand the importance of great leadership in our companies and organizations, but what about its counterpart – great followership?

The concept of following is usually dismissed as passive or subordinate, but that stereotype isn’t necessarily the real truth. Instead, following can be a clear way to articulate the “yin” or receptive qualities to leading’s “yang” or directive qualities. The following activities of listening, responding, and delivering on your commitments can elevate leading activities such as coordinating, delegating, and developing a clear vision to a higher level of excellence. Ideally, the two make one another’s work stronger and better, like well-matched dance partners.

The world economy is changing rapidly under the influences of globalization, automation, and climate change. To keep businesses nimble and resilient, employees increasingly interact with one another across departments and job descriptions. It’s becoming more and more clear that human skills have always have been an essential part of a sustainable, successful work culture. When we include a sense of empowered, supportive followership in the equation of professional relationships, we get less command-obey and more creative dialogue. Less avoidance and more authenticity.

We still need vertical structures to provide accountability and coordination, but we can operate more dynamically within those structures to improve collaboration and work flow. Recognizing the distinct roles of leadership and followership allows a measure of healthy creative tension to exist between them. We can all lead and follow in powerful ways!

What are Following Skills?

Try the first week’s course material for free and explore Following Skill #1: Attention, and discover how powerful hidden strengths like close listening, positive intention, and strategic deference can be. All nine weeks of the course include “inner game” writing exercises and summary questions so you can track your progress and document the impact of any changes you make.

Start building great relationships at work.

Take Week 1
of the CONNECT
Course for free

and discover how powerful your hidden strengths can be

What are Following Skills?

Try the first week’s course material for free and explore Following Skill #1: Attention, and discover how powerful hidden strengths like close listening, positive intention, and strategic deference can be. All nine weeks of the course include “inner game” writing exercises and summary questions so you can track your progress and document the impact of any changes you make.

Start building great relationships at work.

Take Week 1
of the CONNECT
Course for free

and discover how powerful your hidden strengths can be

What the Followership CONNECT Course can do for you:


  1. Improve challenging relationships
  2. Reduce conflict, stress and tension
  3. Get what you need from others more easily
  4. Enjoy more of your work day
  5. Become a versatile and well-rounded professional

Course Description –

Inspired by principles of social dance, this training program explores three phases of building a great working relationship: Connection, Collaboration, and Co-Creation. Adding less-celebrated followership skills to more familiar leadership skills at each phase of the process improves communication, reduces conflict and negativity, and makes teams more productive.

Phase I: Connection

Connection is a meeting of action and intention. In learning to connect, you’ll primarily focus on supporting others, where support is not inferior, but complementary to the directing function of leadership.

01. Attention

Listening, acceptance, positivity
(Leadership equivalent: Clarity)

02. Engagement

When and how to question, suggest, and inform
(Leadership equivalent: Inclusion)

03. Openness

Ability to receive feedback and learn through disagreement
(Leadership equivalent: Care)

Phase II: Collaboration

Building on the foundation of solid connection skills, you’ll shift into productive dialogue. Learn to express the strength of the following role, take ownership of your work, and reinforce mutual accountability.

04. Delivery

Producing quality work on time
(Leadership equivalent: Structure)

05. Flexibility

Readily adapting to change
(Leadership equivalent: Adaptability)

06. Presence

Calm under stressful conditions
(Leadership equivalent: Decisions)

07. Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries
(Leadership equivalent: Expectations)

Phase III: Co-Creation

The co-creation phase evolves naturally out of healthy collaboration. Increase your team’s capacity to pursue new and ambitious goals by self-educating and offering solutions to challenges as they arise. Open up channels of greater freedom, challenge, and opportunity in the course of every day work.

08. Bravery

Self-educating to solve problems, offering solutions
(Leadership equivalent: Imagination)

09. Style

Experimenting, thinking critically, personalizing your work
(Leadership equivalent: Insight)

Course Format

01 Assessment

One individual 30-minute call where we identify your individual goals for the course and any challenges specific to your work environment.

02 Self-Study

Nine lessons of study materials with writing assignments, delivered to your inbox once a week (1-2 hours of independent work).

03 Group Coaching

Nine 60-minute group coaching calls (4-6 participants) to share discoveries, insights, and questions, and to discuss specific challenges.

04 Email Access

Ask questions and get answers within 24 hours. You have email access throughout the program to guide your day-to-day process

05 Strategy Call

BONUS! One individual 30-minute coaching call to integrate your new skills into your work life. Schedule this anytime within three months after completing the course.

Take The Followership CONNECT Course

The Connect course challenges the conventional notion that a supporting role is less important than a leadership role. By reclaiming your power as a follower, you commit to seeking out channels of influence both internally, through mindset and self-development, and externally, through communication and action.

You will step out of your comfort zone, but  you will also discover strengths you didn’t know you had. Get ready to become “bilingual” in the most important professional skill of our time: relationship building. By strengthening your following, you’ll become a more powerful leader too.

Read what past participants are saying

Group Size: 4-6 participants
Course Length: 9 weeks
Course Fee: $300 per person

To be part of one of my Fall pilot groups at this introductory rate, or to request the course for your own small group of 4-6 people, please fill out the form below.

DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP & FOLLOWERSHIP

Workshops & Events

Sharna also gives memorable, interactive presentations and workshops. Click below to get instant access to a 7-minute video from the Global Fellowship Conference 2019, held at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship & Business, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Follower is not a term of weakness but the condition that permits leadership to exist and gives it strength.

IRA CHALEFF

What Clients
& Students
Are Saying

What Clients
& Students
Are Saying