Followership under the spotlight: implications for followership development

  title={Followership under the spotlight: implications for followership development},
  author={G. Bufalino},
  journal={Industrial and Commercial Training},
  • G. Bufalino
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Industrial and Commercial Training
Purpose The leadership industry has experienced an unprecedented growth in popularity, and business management effectiveness has become synonymous with leaders’ roles. However, in this egalitarian twenty-first century little mention has been made of followership due to its negative stereotype. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of followership by presenting a “balanced” approach that views both leaders and followers as co-producers of leadership. Specific… Expand
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