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