Effective Follower

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Kait Kurtz
Management 251
Effective Followers
There are many types of followers just as there are many types of leaders. A person’s behavior and personality can help to determine which category they most appropriately fall into. What we are going to focus on is followers and in particular is effective followers. How does an effective follower work and what does is it that drives them? There are five main characteristics that we are going to focus on for an effective follower and they are: dedication, independent thinker, active in the organization, self-management, and willing to take risks.
Dedication is defined as the quality of being dedicated to a task or purpose, but it can also be interchanged with loyalty. An effective follower is someone who a colleague or manager can count on because they know that they will give it one hundred percent when it comes to completing a task. They tend to really believe in what they are doing and that is where the sense of dedication comes from. For example a dedicated employee would be willing to put in the long hours and extra time that it would take to complete a project. Their boss trusts that the work will not be sloppy or incomplete because their loyalty is outstanding. Dedication is very important to being an effective follower.
A second important quality is being an independent thinker. In reference to the project example mentioned above an effective follower would be the person who would think outside the box for a solution to a problem. They do not rely on others when contemplating the options. This does not mean that they do not work well in teams. They are perfectly capable of participating in a group, but they do have the ability to work solo on an issue that might arise. It is because of this that they are counted on within an organization. Perhaps with their great though processes they will someday be the…...

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