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Leadership and followership
Leadership and followership

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Week 5: Why is followership important?


Welcome to Week 5 of the free badged course Leadership and followership.

Last week, you looked at what you could learn from different types of bad leadership and the common mistakes leaders make. This week you’ll focus on followers and the part they play in effective organisations.

If you’re primarily interested in leadership, don’t view this week as less relevant – many of the qualities of a proactive follower are the same as those of an effective leader.

If you don’t yet have very much leadership experience, becoming an effective follower is an excellent starting point.

If you are currently a leader, you’ll already know the value of positive relationships with your followers. This week, you’ll look at how to develop them and encourage your followers to consider their own leadership journey.

Now watch Lynne introduce this week.

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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • recognise different types of followership
  • describe the benefits of effective followership
  • identify followers’ needs
  • describe ways of engaging and developing your followers.