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First week without lectures has been challenging. With ’team-time’ now taking full toll, over the semester. I quickly found how weekly readings can affect our teams. Kelley’s (1988) ‘In praise of Followers’ raised pointers on what makes an effective followers stand out from the rest.

Within our team meetings this week, we all came to an agreement for everyone to have their decisions set out well before the first practise rollover.  As, Kelly states these are “ goals and set parameters” I found this applicable, as each follower in our team holds a different role with set goals. However, some may approach this new role at a different angle where they can be ineffective. This week, I personally found that I was an ‘Alienated Follower’ - are critical and independent in their thinking but passive in carrying out their role (Kelley,1988).  As head of Research & Development, I invested too much time in trying to perfect the ratio for technical specs & style. That it lead me in the wrong direction forgetting other tweaks in the simulation. Which lead to a poor decision for the practise rollover. 

Moreover, Kelly stated what makes an effective follower under a four step process. First, Self management the ability to think for self- to exercise control and to work without close supervision. Secondly, Commitment to the organisation.  Thirdly, Competence and Focus a follower must master skills that are useful. Lastly, Courage to be credible and honest. Overall, I plan on learning from my mistakes by implementing these four qualities for future rollovers. In order to became an effective follower for my team. 

“effective followers derive motivation from ambition. By proving themselves in the followers role,they hope to win the confidence of peers and superiors”. - Kelley 


Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142--148




  1. Hi Motu,

    It was really interesting to hear your perspective of how you thought you fit into the team and how this resulted after the first turnover. Really great reflection on where you haven't done so well, but what your strategy is to improve on this next week. I would have liked to hear more of a reflection on Kelley's four step process. Its great to hear the theory, but I would like to hear what your actual thoughts are on it or how may you use it in practice. I guess we will hear more about it next week!

    All the best for the next rollover!

  2. Hi Motu

    I thought that this was a pretty good reflection in terms of following the structure set out by Daudelin in the first week's readings. This has been something that a lot of people have been having trouble with. However, I felt as if it was a little too brief and only just scratched the surface as to what you could have learned from the readings. I think it would help for you to go back and re-read the reading on Bloom's taxonomy from the first week. In your reflection you haven't really broken through to the higher levels of learning such as evaluation, synthesis, and analysis. In order to this in future reflections, try to write about why you think stuff. In terms of this weeks reflection, you could have elaborated further on why you came to the conclusion that you were an alienated follower, what effect you think this will have on working with the other types of followers in your group in the future, other theories that it relates to, etc.

    I think if you follow this advice your reflections will greatly improve in the future, making your end of semester 80% assignment a lot easier.