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The Art of CommandMilitary Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell$
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Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174723

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174723.001.0001

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Exemplary Followership

Exemplary Followership

Colin L. Powell

(p.305) 11 Exemplary Followership
The Art of Command

Jeffrey J. Matthews

University Press of Kentucky

Colin L. Powell spent much of his remarkable career in advisory, not command, positions. By demonstrating the qualities of an exemplary follower, a leader presents an appropriate and realistic role model for everybody within his organization. Most people in positions of organizational authority must assume complicated dual roles as follower and leader. Rare is the leadership position that is not simultaneously a position of followership. Too often, the role of follower is seen as inherently submissive, dependent, passive, and unimaginative. On the contrary, the best and most effective followers share many characteristics with successful leaders, including competence, commitment, composure, moral conduct, and independent critical judgment.

Keywords:   Followership, Role model, Realism, Authority, Competence, Commitment, Morality, Critical judgment

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