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The Leaders We Need

AND WHAT MAKES US FOLLOW

January 2018

There is one irrefutable definition of a leader: someone with followers. Without followers, there is no leader. But people follow a leader in different ways and for different reasons. Leadership is a relationship between leaders and followers. This relationship depends on the qualities of both leaders and followers in a particular context. Someone can be a leader in one context but not in another.

The book delves deeply into the dynamics of followership, answering questions such as the following. Why do people follow a leader? Why do we sometimes follow bad leaders? Why do we sometimes turn against leaders we once admired? How have the values of followers been changing?

Applications and theoretical connections to SDI are features throughout this peer-reviewed book. Published by arrangement with Harvard Business Review Press.

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When relationships work, there isn’t a problem that can’t be solved.

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