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5 Reasons Why Good Leaders Must Be Great Followers

Every effective general was initially an efficient soldier


“He who cannot be a good follower, cannot be a good leader.”

Aristotle’s old adage has never seemed more prescient. Consider the current Covid crisis: It has taken a pandemic to prove that distant, aloof and larger-than-life leaders are no longer effective.

Now more than ever it has become advisable for the modern manager to empathize with, and lend an ear to, those he manages. A study conducted by Kim Peters & S. Alexander Haslam on these two identities has proven that individuals who appear to be ideal followers are often a more popular choice for any leadership position among their peers.

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Removal of ego

The egotism of being a leader comes from the sense that their position is crucial for any kind of success. However an in-depth study of followership has revealed that reliable team players are accountable for almost 80% of an organization’s success. That’s why it is more critical for leaders to let go of any restriction they impose upon free communication between themselves and their employees.

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