Ruth Sims is a long-time higher education administrator who is now conducting her own PhD research on the topic of followership at the University of South Australia Business School. She brings her experiences on the organizational side of academia to life in a way that makes it clear how influential good followership is and how much it matters to our collective success. She also helps us to look more closely at how we identify and perceive leadership or followership behaviors as they flow within a team of people.
“The fact that good stuff gets done in spite of poor leadership as well as because of good leadership just opens up that question about followership.”
“If you’re following well, you’re doing that with somewhat of an understanding of why you are doing it.”
“Leadership and followership is about making space for each other.”
Connect with Ruth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin/in/ruthsims1
References in this episode:
Carsten, M.K, Uhl-Bien, M., West, B.J., Patera, J.L, McGregor, R., (2010) 'Exploring social constructions of followership: A qualitative study.' The Leadership Quarterly 2, 543–562.
Uhl-Bien, M., Riggio, R.E., Lowe, K.B., Carsten, M.K. (2014). 'Followership theory: A review and research agenda', The Leadership Quarterly, 25th Anniversary Issue 25, 83–104.
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