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Leadership Development Resources for Non-Supervisors

 

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This page is dedicated to dynamic followers--employees who may not be supervisors, but they are showing leadership by taking ownership of their work and trying to make things better.


Effective Followership

 

The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To & For Our leaders

By Ira Chaleff

In this book, which is one of the seminal works on followership, Ira Chaleff explores a wide range of leader-follower dynamics and asserts that followers must take significant responsibility for the quality of the leadership exercised by their superiors.  Chaleff argues that followers must start by being competent and loyal so they can establish the credibility needed so the boss will sit up and take note when the follower finds it necessary to speak truth to power.  Chaleff also discusses the circumstances under which followers should withdraw support, take a moral stand, or even leave the organization.  Just as important, he addresses how leaders can cultivate the "courage to listen" and cultivate a climate of openness.  The newly-released Third Edition includes a chapter on "The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy," which discusses how the handle communications when speaking to executives several levels higher in a large organization.  This book has much food for thought for those who are willing to take ownership of their work climate and try to make it better.  Read More...

 

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Personal Effectiveness

 

A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your PerformanceA Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance

By Daniel Markovitz

A Factory of One applies simple principles from the Lean management philosophy to the work of individuals. In a concise and very readable format, Markovitz advocates identifying your key value added, getting your work organized, establishing a workflow, identifying the root cause of productivity problems, and setting up a simple system that will make it very easy to decide what to work on next. Very effective.
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