Submitting to the Follower Label Followership, Positive Affect, and Extra-Role Behaviors

  title={Submitting to the Follower Label Followership, Positive Affect, and Extra-Role Behaviors},
  author={Colette Hoption and A. Christie and J. Barling},
Although the importance of followership has been discussed in organizational literature, negative connotations attached to the follower label persist, including followers' lack of ability and power. In two studies, we found evidence for negative effects of the follower label. Participants who were labeled a follower (Study 1), or self-labeled as followers in their jobs (Study 2), reported lower positive affect, and in turn, fewer extra-role behaviors. These findings suggest that followers might… Expand

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