Leadership and Followership

11 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2015

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Robert H. Jerry, II

University of Missouri Law School; University of Florida, Levin College of Law


Leadership characteristics and behaviors are crucial to effective leadership, but so are institutions that are willing and able to be led. Effective leadership can inspire and motivate followership, but there are characteristics and behaviors that followers should embrace and implement in order to make their leaders more effective. These characteristics and behaviors have commonalities with those that effective leaders must possess, but followers also must be willing and able to be inspired and be led. “Followership” can be framed in the concept of “team,” which itself consists of communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring, and pride. The essay draws upon Mike Krzyzewski (with Donald Phillips), Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business and Life (2000), for insights into the meaning of “team.”

Keywords: Leadership; followership; management; administration; higher education; business; organizations; change; polarization; fragmentation; team; teamwork

Suggested Citation

Jerry, Robert H., Leadership and Followership. 44 University of Toledo Law Review 345 (2013), University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689243

Robert H. Jerry (Contact Author)

University of Missouri Law School ( email )

University of Florida, Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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