Creating The Followers Of Tomorrow by Duff McDonald, NYT
Canadian-American business journalist Duff McDonald published a short article in The New York Times pointing out the difference in corporate spending between leadership and followership programs (read full article).
Our national obsession with creating leaders has reverberated so widely that the words “leader” and “leadership” have made their way into mission statements of virtually every business school in the world. Corporate spending on leadership programs now exceeds $50 billion annually. If all the books on leadership were gathered in one place, the collection would probably look a little like Borges’s Library of Babel.
It stands to reason, though, that if leadership is important, so too is followership. You can’t have one without the other. While you’d be hard-pressed to find a graduate school that promises to churn out “tomorrow’s followers,” the movement is real and growing, spawning serious academic inquiry as well as accessible books on the subject, the latest of which is Ira Chaleff’s “Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong.”