The Courageous Follower (PB)
Standing Up to and For Our Leaders
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.
About the Author
Ira Chaleff is the founder and president of Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates and chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington, DC. Ira's classic book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, has been translated into half a dozen languages. He is co-editor of the 2008 book, The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations. Ira was cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the field of Followership studies. He is the founder of the Followership Learning Community at the International Leadership Association and is serving as the community's president. Ira has been named one of the top 100 "Best Minds on Leadership" by Leadership Excellence magazine.