FOLLOWERSHIP, It's Not About Being Popular.
Any organization is only as good as its Leaders, or is that Followers?
I have always been confused by the constant bombardment of videos, posts and books on leadership. The qualities which make for a great leader always seem like they would make for a great follower. This question was raised in my mind once more by a sage comment by Lada 🏡 Prkic on a Buzz, "Double Trouble Returns," this week. Why is being a great follower considered a back handed complement while being a great leader is an achievement to be celebrated?
The confusion was magnified when after reading Lada's comment I googled "list of greatest follower's." Here were my suggested searches.
Then I did the same for greatest leaders.
I had a flashback to a scene from Miracle on 34th Street. In the court battle to determine the sanity of Kris Kringle believing he was Santa Claus the judge was faced with making a decision which would be unpopular regardless of the side he chose. He decided to rule in favor of Kris due to a greater authority, the postal service, believing Kris was Santa.
Since Google has declared follower to be the opposite side of the "popular"coin, I will not dispute it. Maybe this is one reason the phrase "great follower" is not used as a compliment as "great leader" is. We associate follower with the other side of the popular coin while at the same time believing the opposite of being popular is being unpopular.
The fact is in every group everyone is a leader and everyone is a follower at some point. Producers may be the role we should aspire to be regardless of our title in any organization. Producers get results.We need producers in every level of every organization to be successful. Producers are people who believe certain ideas, these may be some;
2. Being Good Workers
3. Having the courage to be honest
4. Showing good judgment
5. Knowing when to use discretion
6. Keeping their egos in check
Maybe we should stop thinking of ourselves as leading people or following other people but think of ourselves as following ideas. Then go out and be the best producers we can be regardless of title.
Any organization is only as good as its Producers.
I have shared this TED talk before and I will share it many times more. It's probably my favorite and I look for any opportunity to share it.