The Courageous Follower 3rd Edition

Standing Up to and For Our Leaders

Ira Chaleff (Author)

Publication date: 11/01/2009

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The Courageous Follower

Many significant failures-from FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina to the recent economic collapse-could have been prevented or mitigated if those lower in the hierarchy were successful at communicating to leaders the risks they saw in the system. Ira Chaleff's Courageous Follower model has facilitated healthy upward information flow in organizations for over 15 years. The Harvard Business Review called Chaleff a pioneer in the emerging field of followership-this new edition shares his latest thinking on an increasingly vital topic.


The updated third edition of The Courageous Follower includes a new chapter, "The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy." Much of Chaleff's model is based on followers having access to the leader. But today, followers can be handed questionable policies and orders that come from many levels above them-even from the other side of the world. Chaleff explores how they can respond effectively, particularly using the power now available through advances in communications technology.


Everyone is a follower at least some of the time. Chaleff strips away the passive connotations of that role and provides tools to help followers effectively partner with leaders. He provides rich guidance to leaders and boards on fostering a climate that encourages courageous followership. The results include increased support for leaders, reduced cynicism and organizations saved from serious missteps.

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Many significant failures-from FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina to the recent economic collapse-could have been prevented or mitigated if those lower in the hierarchy were successful at communicating to leaders the risks they saw in the system. Ira Chaleff's Courageous Follower model has facilitated healthy upward information flow in organizations for over 15 years. The Harvard Business Review called Chaleff a pioneer in the emerging field of followership-this new edition shares his latest thinking on an increasingly vital topic.


The updated third edition of The Courageous Follower includes a new chapter, "The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy." Much of Chaleff's model is based on followers having access to the leader. But today, followers can be handed questionable policies and orders that come from many levels above them-even from the other side of the world. Chaleff explores how they can respond effectively, particularly using the power now available through advances in communications technology.


Everyone is a follower at least some of the time. Chaleff strips away the passive connotations of that role and provides tools to help followers effectively partner with leaders. He provides rich guidance to leaders and boards on fostering a climate that encourages courageous followership. The results include increased support for leaders, reduced cynicism and organizations saved from serious missteps.

NEW Related Product in February 2010 - The Courageous Follower Self-Assessment: Evaluating Your Followership Style and Growth Path

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Ira Chaleff is the author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, and coeditor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series. 

Ira has been named one of the “100 best minds on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine. He is the founder of the International Leadership Association’s Followership Learning Community and a member of the ILA board of directors. He was cited in the Harvard Business Review as pioneer in the growing field of followership studies. Ira has watched with pride as the concept of followership has moved from obscurity to a topic of study in universities, conferences, and leadership development programs. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on Courageous Followership and transforming hierarchical relationships into powerful partnerships. 

Ira is founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, which provides coaching, consulting, and facilitation to companies, associations, and agencies throughout the Washington, DC area. He is chairman emeritus of the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation and has provided facilitation to nearly one hundred congressional offices to improve their service to constituents. He is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where Courageous Followership is part of the core curriculum in its professional management training for staff. Ira lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Washington, DC. His daughter, Lily Chaleff, created a beautiful mosaic at the entrance of the property to welcome visitors. Bears frequently disobey the no trespassing signs on the road and help keep his connection strong with the wonders of nature.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Third Edition

Preface


Introduction: The Five Dimensions of Courageous Followership


Chapter 1: The Dynamics of the Leader-Follower Relationship

Chapter 2: The Courage to Assume Responsibility

Chapter 3: The Courage to Serve

Chapter 4: The Courage to Challenge

Chapter 5: The Courage to Participate in Transformation

Chapter 6: The Courage to Take Moral Action

Chapter 7: The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy

Chapter 8: The Courage to Listen to Followers


Epilogue

Meditation on Followership

Acknowledgments

Select Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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Endorsements


“Paying more attention to the follower end of the equation is long overdue.”

—Vice President Al Gore


“Contains remarkable insight and practical advice that will be of enormous benefit to followers, and maybe even more benefit to leaders."

—General Walter Ulmer, Jr., former CEO, Center for Creative Leadership.


"The Courageous Follower is a godsend. Chaleff tackles business transformation with grace, and offers real life solutions for even the most sticky situations."

—Independent Bookselling Today


“Highly recommended.”

—Library Journal

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