How being a good follower can strengthen institutional leadership: Opinion

August 9, 2021
“Followers” have a responsibility to give leaders feedback, write Steve Titus and Patrick Sanaghan. The authors explain that people should be interested in becoming good followers in order to strengthen their institution’s leaders. Titus and Sanaghan describe some of the reasons followers may not give feedback to leaders, including fear of losing their voice due to being seen as “negative,” fear of losing support, and fear of retribution. The authors encourage followers to practice “courageous followership” to speak truth to leaders respectfully and clearly, and explain that wise leaders appreciate this “intelligent disobedience.” When followers appropriately, without rancor or meanness, ask the tough questions or provide a contrary opinion or perspective, leaders must recognize and reward this behavior,” write Titus and Sanaghan. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)