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Fitting Teamwork into the Grand Scheme of Things

Summary: Leading, following, and working as a team are interrelated concepts. In the Leadership-Teamship-Followership Continuum, the desired form of followership is active, as when a follower interacts with the leader to insure understanding and success. Capital-L leadership is where decisions are made to move people and resources and to commit to a certain action. Teamwork fits in the middle where followership and leadership overlap. People are free to move back and forth on the LTF Continuum with an ease of movement that has much to do with their perceived worth to the organization. Leadership, teamship, and followership are not that distinct from one another. Skill at one is preparation for skill at another. What connects the two ends of this relationship is teamship. Effective teams and cooperative teammates are necessary for success and are a source of tomorrow's leaders. Sidebar articles define the leadership principles of the United States Marine Corps and the followership principles of the United States Army.

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  • Topics: Leadership, Human Resources, Teams
  • Keywords: Leadership,Human relations,Teams,Self assessment
  • Author: Townsend, Pat
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation