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While leadership has become a billion-dollar industry, generating reams of print, not too much is said about the other part of the equation – the followers. Understanding the dynamics of this relationship – which we often choose to ignore, at our own peril, is crucial to ensure a mutually beneficial leader-follower collaboration.
The nexus of this equation is that respect and trust work both ways; if either party overlooks this, then the seeds of a relationship, fraught with potential risks, are sown. Too often, followers play the sycophancy game, resorting to flattery to deceive. This could either be the subordinate’s fault, the organisational culture, or simply the leader’s vanity; all of these engender obsequiousness which crushes employees’ morale, and their only concern is survival. Continue reading