Extracted from TheEffectivenessGuide.
Have you ever wondered how to get ahead at work? How to be the person who always gets the raise, gets promoted, gets selected for further training and key assignments? And, you’re not alone. Your peers are having the same thoughts.
I’ll bet you thought that all you had to do was to be the best at what you do; the best doctor, the best lawyer, the best whatever? Unfortunately, this is only partially true.
To progress in your career, you must be the best at what you do and be perceived by your employer as being a good Follower.
What does that mean and how can you become a better Follower?
This article will focus on Followership, it’s definition, why it’s important, and what you can do to become a better Follower than you were yesterday, as I share what I’ve learned from being an Executive Coach for more than 20 years.
Leadership and Followership have always been inextricably linked because one cannot be effective or successful without the other.
You cannot be a leader without simultaneously
being a follower of someone.
We are all followers of someone. So, don’t get upset by being called a “Follower.” We all have a leader. Even the President of the US has a leader: The American People. Even the self-employed, independent contractors, consultants, and entrepreneurs have a leader; whoever pays them for their products or services. The only important question is how do you treat your leader?
Do you always do what your leader “likes” and avoid doing what he “dislikes”? If not, you’ll hear about it. Do you have good communications with your leader? If not, why? If in doubt, ask!
Effective people know that the influence needed to consistently produce excellent results can only be achieved through the proper and timely application of all 10 Core Competencies of Effectiveness. The history of America is replete with examples of people who were wise enough, smart enough, and driven enough to realize their shortcomings and to seek out and hire the best and the brightest followers they could find to help them became more effective, successful, and rich.
Followership is your ability to support your employer
in the accomplishment of his goals.
Most people are quite happy either being the #2 or #3 person in an organization or quietly serving as a member of a staff. However, to be a more effective follower, it helps to understand the roles, stresses, and responsibilities of your leader.
Many times, you will need to be thinking one or two steps ahead of your leader; to anticipate, to see around corners, to smell out mistakes before they become problems, and to see problems before they become a crisis. That’s what gives followers their value; their credibility.
This is why behind every effective leader, you’ll find a team of dedicated, loyal, and committed followers that ultimately determine their effectiveness and success.
Over the past five decades, serving in the US Military (as a US Army Officer) and in Corporate America (as an Executive Coach), I’ve been privileged to work with some of America’s most exceptional men and women that were real game-changers, self-starters, and effective leaders and followers.
To become absolutely essential to any organization, you must be perceived as someone who can be counted on to consistently produce excellent results and serve the team.
They all had one thing in common. They were able to influence the actions of others by skillfully using the 10 Core Competencies of Effectiveness (Followership, Delegating, Planning, Organizing, Communicating, Problem-Solving/Decision-Making, Awareness, Training, Motivation, and Character).
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of the great paradoxes in life.
Followership is critical to your career!
How well do you support your employer?
Would your employer agree?
In my next posts, I’ll focus more on how you can become a better follower than you were yesterday. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, you can learn more HERE.