Perhaps this week is the first time you’ve given any thought to being an exceptional follower. With all the focus on leadership, it’s no wonder so few of us have spent much time thinking through our followership skills. Today, let’s change that by asking ourselves how we can all be better followers.
Here we go….
Yes, you may be a leader. However, you are also a follower, too. Take a moment to identify areas where you are a follower. If not at work, maybe it’s at a charity where you volunteer or a special project you’re working on with others.
How well do you play the role of Follower? What can you do to listen and trust the leaders in your life? How can you better support them? What do they need from you to better lead?
Thinking about the next followership opportunity that comes your way, what can you do to be a great follower from the beginning? What will it take for you to get on board quickly and take direction when needed?
Most importantly, what reminder can you put in place to keep yourself from focusing on what the leader could do better and instead focus on what you can do to help him or her lead better?
We are all followers at some point or another so we may as well be awesome followers!