Team Leadership development: nurture good followers
John Austin, writing in his excellent blog, Tag your Team, references research by Robert Kelley on ‘followership’ which examines two different traits of behaviour in team members: critical thinking and pro-activity.
By analysing these on two independent axes Kelley was able to identify 5 stereotype followers – sheep, alienated, survivors, effectives and yes-people.
The research showed that effective followers add value, focus on goals and take initiative: in other words the best followers are those people that could be leaders.
“Teams in which every team member has the skills to lead have great potential to excel”.
This resonates very well with the bioteam's cornerstone of distributed leadership and every member a leader (in different domains).
Bioteams Books Reviews
How to identify someones main worry about a coming change. I found this technique in a book a long time ago – "The Secret Language of Success: Using Body Language to Get What You Want" by Dr. David Lewis (1989). I confess I never got round to testing it properly but it sounded intriguing so I pass it on - "buyer beware".