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
The term cyborg is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and synthetic parts so designed to enhance its abilities via technology. William Mitchell a professor at MIT Media Lab believes that through our mobile devices we are all becoming mobile cyborgs and its for the better. In his book Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City which he discusses in an interview with James Harkin Mitchell describes how the new communications technologies have overlaid our city spaces with central nervous systems connecting us into the wireless ether via our mobile devices which act as umbilical cords to anchor us into the information society's digital infrastructure.