The End of Leadership

Just when you thought you had it all figured out… listen to Barbara Kellerman explain the topics in her recent book The End of Leadership.

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37 Responses to The End of Leadership

  1. Courtney McPherson says:

    I found Kellerman’s description of the different types of followers! She talked about the isolated follower who doesn’t really care as opposed to the die hard follower who will do anything. To me, that sounds like a leader within the follower group. The “leader” of the follower group may have power, but the leader of follower group has influence?

  2. Morgan Carson says:

    I like how Kellerman admits to recently understanding that followers are just as important to leadership as the leader is. Her golden triangle that addresses leaders, followers, and context, is mainly commented on in her new book. I feel as if she is behind the times because in the time I have had in the RLC, the importance of leader-follower relationship has been stressed to me. I also found this video interesting because this is not how I pictured Kellerman, It will definitely give me a different outlook when reading her in the future

    • Courtney H says:

      I agree with Morgan when she says Kellerman is slightly behind the times, because I feel like every class period we stress the importance of not just the leaders, but especially those who follow. Also, i thought Kellerman was boy. So this was a nice wake up call.

  3. Jacob Clore says:

    At first, Kellerman’s title puzzled me, I thought “The End of Leadership”? Sounds like the end of things as we know it. But I do like the idea of the leadership triangle and how she thinks that followers play a very important role. I also like how she includes the idea that leadership depends on context, such as leadership in China versus the US.

    • Daniel M says:

      I thought the same thing haha. I like how she is switching gears and starting to focus on the other side of leadership more, considering that Sarah said she is adamant in her beliefs usually. I feel in order to truly understand leadership you have to be open to new ideas and changes that appear in each generation.

      • Anna Fox says:

        I liked that Kellerman talked about the importance of followers in addition to the leaders. I definitely agree with Morgan and Courtney because she is definitely behind the times. I felt like we focused many of our class discussions on the concept of followers being either as important or more important than leaders. Ultimately, without followers leaders would never have the ability to achieve anything.

  4. Will Coffey says:

    I like Kellerman’s equilateral triangle containing leader, followers, and context. All three aspects are extremely important, and play a large role in how successful a company, nation, or other organization may be. I also agree with Kellerman in that the relationship between leaders and followers do evolve over time. Leaders do need to share their power and influence with their followers. I really like how she focuses on followers, and I agree that followers should be a larger part of the conversation when discussing leadership.

    • Taylor McClain says:

      I was also impressed with Kellerman’s idea of an equilateral triangle. I think the relationship between leaders and followers is becoming increasingly important to study, and I like that Kellerman focuses on this.

  5. Courtney Green says:

    I agree with Kellerman’s perspective in this book. I feel that she is now giving credit to the importance of followers. A leader wouldn’t exist if it were’t for followers. followers are equally as important as a leader. They must work together with the leader and have good communication. I like how Kellerman not only talked about followers in her book, but she also broke down the different types of followers that exist.

  6. Anna Lehman says:

    I strongly agree with Kellerman and her opinion of the leader follower relationship. Her comments on how leaders need to share their position with followers is very true. She also talked about how our society is changing from the bottom, and therefore the followers hold most of the power. Especially in the world we live in today, dictatorship is not efficient, and doesn’t work well because followers have a bigger impact than they used to. Without followers, there would be no leaders at all. In this interview Kellerman did a great job describing the different types of followers and the impact and relationship they hold with leaders. Leaders and followers hold a special piece of successfully accomplishing change.

  7. Esther Jeong says:

    I absolutely am on board with Kellerman about how important followers are. Our society for some reason has put leaders up on a pedestal but when really the epitome of a leadership position is the followers who called for change and then appointed a leader to come about the change efficiently and effectively. I also enjoyed her point about how these grassroot movements are what defines change and I can see her point about the leadership is at its end.

  8. Lauren Nance says:

    When Kellerman was talking about how leader-follower relationships have evolved over time, it made me think about the changes that have occurred since back when governments first started making laws and regulations for their people.The monarchs, kings, princes, and other big leaders in the past often seemed to be power-hungry. They just wanted to rule over everybody in a dictator style of leadership. It is interesting to see how a lot of those same governments have turned into democracies through out the years and how followers have become more important to those leaders.

  9. Allyson True says:

    I totally agree that leadership has just as much to do with the followers as it does the leader. When Kellerman talks about the “golden triangle” I think this is a good demonstration of a leadership. A leader cannot be an effective leader if he/she doesn’t have followers. The followers support the leader. I think the third side of the triangle, context, is also important. This especially fits the reading from Kellerman about Thomas Paine. If he had written Common Sense earlier, it may not have made such an impact.

  10. Thomas Nave says:

    Kellerman’s description of the leader-follower relationship is essential in everyone to understand that not everyone is born a leader. If everyone became a leader, then there would be no followers to perform the tasks. But at the same time, there must be effective leaders to clearly state to the followers what their vision is and how they want to implement it in a positive manner.

  11. Emily Hucks says:

    I agree with Morgan when she said “I feel as if she is behind the times because in the time I have had in the RLC, the importance of leader-follower relationship has been stressed to me.” The leader-follower relationship has been part of our learning experience, because without followers and leader wouldn’t be a leader, it would just be a person that is trying to get something done. The “followerless” leader could possibly get the task done, but it wouldn’t be a group achievement, it would be a single person’s achievement. Just like Thomas said “not everyone is born a leader.” We need the followers to do the tasks and get the goal accomplished quicker than if the followerless leader was going it by himself.

  12. Emma Douglas says:

    I definitely agree with Kellerman’s stance on the importance of followers. All too often, in our society, we elevate leaders and credit them with all aspects of change, when in reality, it is the followers who are the real “movers and shakers.” Followers simply appoint leaders so change can be brought about more quickly and efficiently. Without followers, leaders would not exist! I also agree with Kellerman’s idea of the ever-evolving state of leadership and leader-follower relationships.

  13. Catherine (Cate) Beach says:

    I absolutely agree with Kellerman and her thoughts on leadership and followers. I especially like her equilateral triangle of leaders, followers and context as these three pieces I find t be very important and relevant to the success of any organization and leadership based position. Also, the thought that leadership is ever-evolving is definitely true in my opinion for as each generation comes through, new styles and needs for leadership are created.

  14. Zack Snow says:

    The progression of how leadership has transitioned from leader oriented to a more shared system of social and political change is interesting. I do wish that she had talked more about what she thought the future of leadership looked like. She was about the say it, and then the interview went to the next question… 😦

  15. Annie Walsack says:

    I agree with Kellerman when she talks about the relationship between leaders and followers. As everyone else has already said, there would be no leaders without the followers. It is so important to remember that the followers are what make the leader and keep the group moving. I love how she says that leadership is always evolving. This is so true! There are always new ways to express leadership, and there are always new ways for a leader to grow.

  16. Patrick Lawrence says:

    Barbara Kellerman explains she understands followers are equally important to leadership as the leaders are. Her golden triangle that addresses leaders, followers, and context, is mainly commented on in her new book. I feel like is behind the times because in the time I have had in the RLC, the importance of leader-follower relationship has been stressed to me. It is kind of interesting to hear all this in Kellerman’s own words, so now I know a little better how to understand the readings in her book.

  17. Emma Reeves says:

    Barbara Kellerman highlights some of what we have already discussed in class when she talks about the rise of followers and the fall of leadership. She makes a good point when she points out some examples of social change that came about because follower groups such as the gay/lesbian community took a stand for what they believe in. She also says that the public view of a leader is becoming more and more skeptical because it isn’t very often that we hear about successful leadership, although it is still out there. She contributes this to the fact that we expect quick results, training leaders for short amounts of time instead of making training a more drawn out, intellectual process. Kellerman’s book definitely sounds interesting, and just hearing her talk about it expands my view on the subject of followers as leaders.

  18. Francisco Gabitan says:

    The definition of a leader is someone who has followers, without them that leader i nothing but an individual. My philosophy as a leader is that my work is only as strong as the weakest link therefore it is important to nurture not only my strengths but also my followers’. A leader and his/her followers are considered to be on the same team, and no team can be truly successful if any of the followers lag behind.

  19. Alexander Jones says:

    I feel like the further you look into this video, the more you can see the connections between Kellerman’s views shown in the video along with the views in the book we read in class. I feel like she is really on to something when discussing the triangle. Leaders in the world are changing on a daily basis, whether for the good or bad, that is something to observe in a few years.

  20. Macy Kinder says:

    I like how Kellerman recognizes that followers are just as important as leaders. I think she made a good point when she said that leaders need to share what they know with their followers. I think people tend to overlook the importance of followers. Without followers then there would be no need for a leader. Followers provide the force for change while leaders drive it.

  21. kelsey edmonds says:

    Barbara Kellerman really emphasizes the importance of followers in this last book. She describes how there is a “golden triangle” and the leader is a part of it but on the other side there are followers and context. Today, many leaders are money driven and looking for short term goals. However, successful leaders are ones that have a more holistic approach and focus on the common good not just a select few. Society and leaders are always changing. Therefore, an effective leader must be able to adapt and put more emphasis on the followers in order to be successful.

  22. John jones says:

    I have always personally believed that the follower was just as important as the leader, and therefore it is nice to see someone who is much more knowledgeable on the concept of leadership support the same idea. When you look at it really the follower is the basis for leadership, and without them there would be no drive and nothing to influence.

    • Kyla Mauro says:

      I agree with John that the followers are just as important as leaders. Kellerman also agrees with that and explains it in this video. The leader cannot survive without followers, they need someone to support them and their ideas and what they stand for. Without the followers nothing would progress or succeed.

  23. Jasmine Porter says:

    Kellerman made an interesting comment that compared to the beginning of her journey she is now more fascinated with follower. As she looks over society she sees that leadership is not only about the leader but equally about the follower. But she also challenges that at time leaders can fall beneath the followers. She makes a great point about why leadership has shifted from being about the leader to follower. She says that in our day in time we share leadership, that not everyone can be a leader but more than one can lead compared to historic times that leaders were superior to followers.

  24. Kristina Gallagher says:

    I like that Kellerman stresses the importance of followers. The happiness of a leader’s followers determines a lot of their success, happiness, and productivity as a group.

    • Jake Brown says:

      I agree, followers play an integral part in the influence of a leader. This was shown multiple times in this class and in Kellerman’s book, it’s nice to see her actually say it though. Reenforces my believe system and makes me understand the subject more.

  25. Ethan Brown says:

    I have always been a high praiser of followership. I completely agree that followers are just as important as leaders as stated by Kellerman multiple times throughout her book and our class as well. I feel more strongly about my argument now that someone of a greater status in leadership says the same thing that I do.

  26. Crista Watson says:

    “Unless leaders are more connected to their followers, they will be endangered” – Barbara Kellerman.
    I really think is very true because without that key relationship and bond with your followers, leaders cannot really lead. They will be endangered because if leader no not connect to their followers then nobody would follow them.

  27. Dixon Holland says:

    The next stage of learning how to become an effective leader is to understand everything about the follower. Followers are those who follow leaders and try to be exactly like the leaders they follow. Followership is definitely important in the leader-follower relationship because a leader must understand the follower in order to lead them. If a leader understands this followership, then they will become a much more effective leader because they will know exactly what the follower is going through.

  28. Miles Rachner says:

    With the why is the leadership industry “less than what meets the eye” question Kellerman talks about how today people seem to have less faith and less trust in their leaders. I think this is because in past years with less technology than there is today people knew less about one another. In our county presidents were looked at as perfect people. Well at least that is what we wanted them to be, because if you have a leader you would like them to be perfect in every sense of the word. However with times changing and with technology advancing things are much different. With facebook, twitter, and just the internet in general people are more exposed. Leaders today are at the mercy of this technology and must be careful because now, because people can know everything. This is why people lose faith and trust in there leaders. They lose their faith because they can now see they are just humans who make mistakes like anyone else.

  29. Suzanne Berry says:

    Kellerman states that “one of the problems with the leadership industry is that we expect to get spectacular results in a short time period.” I do not agree with this statement. Leadership has been studied for years, and still, there is not exact definition for leadership…everyone has their own. I do not think “spectacular results” exist for leadership, even in long periods of time.

  30. Libby Howe says:

    I found it interesting that Kellerman treated improvements in the leadership industry as such a touchy subject. She chose to first clarify that improvement in this industry was not particularly necessary then went on to enumerate the ways it could be. She encourages leadership education at the undergraduate level and at a level accessible to the general student population. She believes the most common issue in the leadership industry is that which leads followers to expect spectacular results in very short periods of time which does not realistically occur.

  31. Jerry Huang says:

    I believe as education furthers and the push towards omniscience (although meeting an impossible goal) continues through time, leaders will soon lose their ability to take control of a group. I agree with Kellerman on this point where i would consider leadership be a continuously changing subject that reflects the time. Leadership will never be truly defined as the beliefs and techniques change with the culture around.

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