Mark’s #22 – Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture by Allen Hamlin JR.

Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture

As the subtitle suggests, clearly we live in a time and a culture that prizes leadership. We go to leadership conferences, we tell our kids that “we are raising leaders”, we read biographies of great leaders in all realms of life and history. We consume the latest and greatest books on leadership models and practices to come out of the world of business and psychology. Indeed, my search on Amazon for “leadership” yielded 192,406 books on the topic, while my search for “followership” produced a comparatively minuscule 407 results.

However, as Embracing Followership demonstrates, while we are not always in a position of leadership, we are almost always in some sense in a position of followership. Even CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have to give an account and ‘follow’ the demands and expectations of the shareholders and boards (I’m guessing everyone reading this review finds themselves further down the leadership totem pole than a Fortune 500 CEO).

For the sake of our personal lives, our companies, our churches, our organizations, our cities, our nation, and our world, we need more and more people (a vast majority in fact) who are not only willing to embrace their role as followers, but to thrive in their role. This book helps lay down the tracks for each of us to understand and thrive as followers – since we are all followers on some level.

The book is divided into six parts. In these parts, author Allen Hamlin Jr. addresses topics such as the misconceptions, challenges, and opportunities of followership, as well as the relational dynamic between followers, leaders, and other followers.

As I read the book I felt that Allen was trying to give a comprehensive overview of what it means to be a follower. He covers a lot of ground in the book and draws upon the work of many other authors (however few there may be) who have written on followership. As such, I feel like this book will serve anyone well who wants a good foundation for thinking, acting, and thriving as a good follower. In the future I hope that there will be more niche books and articles about followership in specific areas of life, such as there are in regards to books on leadership.

Check out the author’s book website and blog here:

Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture

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