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What a week. This week has had it all! Conflict, drama and a practice role over.

The week started with the first issue we have had to face as a team. We were informed the process in which teams were put together had been slightly less random than we were lead to believe. This was the first point of controversy we have faced as a team. It was a good test of the communication channels we had put in place and gave good insight as to how team members respond in different situations.

  
Eventually we got past the issue and got stuck into running a bike manufacturing business. The team begun to function and the roles and responsibilities have been discussed and started to take shape. As we have got stuck in I have come to the realization that in this project I am likely to fill the role of a follower. In previous group projects I have taken leader style roles and I have come to the realization that I am not particularly familiar with following and what it entails. When thinking about followership I tend to think about it being a passive role somewhat similar to a game of ‘Simon says’. Apparently this is incorrect and being a follower is a complex and interesting task that is key in building a successful workforce.

So what do I do to be turn myself into the dream follower that my team needs? Kelly (2001) suggests that an important aspect is participating in an enthusiastic and intelligent manner. This differs from my original passive perception of followership. Kelly (2001) made the point that effective followers may derive motivation from ambition. This is something I will strive to achieve in my attempt to make our team the winning team. In conclusion I need to be an active, critical and motivated member of my team to be an effective leader. This is an interesting set of criteria that I look forward to trying to meet and the semester progresses.        

 

 

References:

Kelley, R. E. (1988). In Praise of Followers. Harvard Business Review66(6), 142-148.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Luke, I enjoyed reading your journal. You have clearly articulated the problem however it would be better to analyse the problem a little more before formulate Kelley's theory. You have understood Kelley's principles for a great follower. All you need is action planning on it and become a good member of the team! I had a similar problem with you and did not know what to do to become a good follower. The reading helped a lot and I am sure you would become one of the follower as you determined. All the best with your team performance! (smile)

  2. Hi Luke, I thought this was an interesting journal and enjoyed reading it. Firstly in regard to the first controversy about how the teams were formed i agree with your comment and myself actually thought that this was beneficial to most teams as it provided a base for discussion and the first task to make decisions as a team. Further from this it is clear you have understood the principles and views offered by Kelley for great followers. I too can relate to your experiences and the problem of becoming an effective follower, but this reading does provide many useful insights on how to become one.

    Good luck for the rest of the semester