The concept of leadership is addressed at length in chapter two and throughout the textbook. Of equal importance and often not mentioned is the concept of followership. In fact, Bennis, 2006 stated, “In our society leadership is too often seen as an inherently individual phenomenon” and acknowledges that no change can occur without committed and willing follower. Leaders, therefore, can be leaders only if they have followers.
The cartoon below provides a picturesque concept of the the importance of followership.
Figure: Leaders need Followers
What key leadership characteristics attract followership? Be sure to support your answer with evidence from available literature. Remember to cite your reference.