FOLLOWERSHIP THEORY: IS LEADERSHIP WITHOUT FOLLOWERS POSSIBLE?

Вестник Московского государственного областного университета. 2018;(3):174-182

 

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Journal Title: Вестник Московского государственного областного университета

ISSN: 2224-0209 (Online)

Publisher: Moscow Region State University Editorial Office

Society/Institution: Moscow Region State University

LCC Subject Category: Political science

Country of publisher: Russian Federation

Language of fulltext: Russian

Full-text formats available: PDF

 

AUTHORS

Elena B. Petrushikhina (Russian State University for the Humanities)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

The article is devoted to the problem of followership in leadership. Basing on the analysis of foreign literature the concept of followership is formulated, as well as its role in leadership development. It is emphasized that at present the role of followers in the process of leadership is being rethought. Followership is seen as a necessary component of leadership. Followership is defined as the characteristics, behavior and processes realized by the individual toward the leader. The content of the construct “followership” is revealed through such concepts as: the characteristics of followers, behavior of followership and outcomes of followership. The role-based and constructionist approaches are the basis for interpreting the followership. It is shown that the theory of followership is of great importance for developing the concepts of leadership and overcoming the leader-centered approach to studying the process of leadership. Besides, the theory is important for the effectiveness of managers’ leadership.