In Defense of Leadership (and Followership)
International Leadership Association blog post by Sharna Fabiano: “Though tainted as they are with cultural stereotypes, lead and follow are some of the best terms we have to describe what we do when we come together, speak and listen, decide and carry out, and otherwise coordinate around a common goal.”
A Celebration of Followership – Article by Ira Chaleff published in ILA Intersections
The Iternational Leadership Association (ILA) has recently published Ira Chaleff’s article on his latest book A Celebration of Followership. In one of its paragraphs, Ira says: … in every level of society, followership and leadership are intertwined and consequential. Leaders and followers are mutually responsible for positive outcomes of their […]
Followership changed my Life
Splendid and inspiring article by my friend and colleague Marc Hurwitz published on ILA’s (Intenational Leadership Association) June 2021 Interface Newsletter.
First reactions to A Celebration of Followership
First reactions to A Celebration of Followership Let me share with you the first reactions to my latest book A Celebration of Followership. Book review at Lulu bookstore by Bruce Pascoe, experienced instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. This book is very […]
Followership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Article by Ira Chaleff recently published on International Leadership Association (ILA) website. Leadership for the Greater Good: Reflections on Today’s Challenges From Around the World. Followership: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The past 12 months have vividly demostraded the the crucial role followership plays in our communal life. […]
The latest Followership book is out!
The latest Followership book is out! Foreword by Ira Chaleff This is a book that could not have been written even a few years ago. The knowledge it contains—how to effectively teach followership—had not been developed until very recently… It turns out there are multiple barriers to teaching followership including […]
Courageous and Responsible Followers
Thoughtful article on followership by Colette Hoption, faculty fellow at the Center for Business Ethics and an Associate Professor of Managment, Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University. My current fellowship term exploring the responsibilities of leaders and followers began last July outside of Toronto. I joined international scholars […]
Leading & Following in Remote Webcam Portraits
Once again, Sharna Fabiano has produced a gorgeous and novel perspective on the creative follower-leader dynamic.
What is this subject we call Followership?
“What’s this subject we call followership really about? For me it’s about how we work collectively while retaining individual accountability. Yes, followership is about the relationship between the leader and follower. But it is s also the relationship between the individual and the group.” This is the opening to the […]
The importance of Intelligent Disobedience
What follows is distilled from an article written by David Lee Finkle or “The Real Mr. Fitz”. Regarding my statement that “intelligent disobedience must be taught in schools”, he adverts: Chaleff makes the case that intelligent disobedience must be taught in schools. Not being part of the school system himself, […]
Creating a military that is audacious
I am reflagging this article as it continues to be one of the strongest statements of the appropriate use of Intelligent Disobedience in the military.
Follower Power – Ununderstood, Unappreciated, and Underestimated
My colleague, Barbara Kellerman, of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, has been a champion of Followership for years. She has used my book in her courses and has written her own book titled “Followership”, as well as more recent work on Leadership that always includes Followership as an […]
Train the Trainer, Brussels 2017
For the following two days I worked in Brussels with a dozen wonderful professionals in the training and executive coaching field. Most were from Europe though one came from Australia and another from Indonesia. The purpose was to equip them to fulfill any demand stimulated by my presentations for the […]
European Union, 2017
For those familiar with the many quirks of the US form of government, let me assure you that it looks almost rational next to the complexity of the EU institutions designed to achieve commonalities among its 28 widely varying member nations. I presented two workshops on Courageous Followership at the […]
International Leadership Association (ILA) Board Meeting, Brussels, 2017
From Cambridge I and my fellow International Leadership Association (ILA) board members from the ILA took the “chunnel” train to Brussels, one of the centers of the European Union. We held our board meeting that evening at Deloitte University. For the following three and a half days I participated in […]
Cambridge University, 2017
On October 2017 I participated in a panel on leaders, followers and populism, which became an energetic dialogue. It was held at the Moller Centre, Churchill College and organized by the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Cambridge. Georgia Sorenson who chairs the Academy, has invited me to […]
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst holds as much prestige in England as West Point does in the US. It was a great honor to be the first in their speaker series at the newly established Centre for Army Leadership. I was told to expect about 80 people. 600 enlisted […]
Organizational blind spots: Dove soap campaign
The recent hugely insensitive advertisement by Unilever for their Dove soap is a textbook example of organizational blind spots. This is a painful example of why the voices of minorities and staff at all levels of the organization must be invited, included, raised up and empowered to influence decision making. […]
Intelligent Disobedience in Chinese
I am thrilled to announce that my book Intelligent Disobedience has been published in Beijing in Chinese as of August 1st of this year. We had anticipated seeing it in bookstores in China sooner but the government needed to allay its concerns over terms such as “authority” and “disobedience”. Without […]