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The Lost Paradigm: Followership Must be the Primary Focus of Academic Research

Summary: This article argues that leadership research and academic establishment often have ignored the most important component of leadership—followership. The article does not attempt to debunk leadership as an academic field or as an established paradigm; rather, the intent is to sift through the myriad leadership materials, research, and theories to emphasize the importance of followership and how followers will thrive in an organization. This emphasis is vital to individual and organizational success. The elements of followership described in this article (listen to me, talk to me, understand me, and allow me to contribute in my own unique way) are the foundation of understanding followership and how followers will become highly productive when these basic needs are addressed in the organizational setting. An online-only article.

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  • Topics: Leadership
  • Keywords: Research, Leadership, Organizational improvement, Cooperation
  • Author: Ohrberg, Nils Jonas;
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation