Traditional research in leadership has largely relegated followers to the role of passive recipients or, at best, moderators of leader influence and behaviors. However, recent work in the area of followership has begun shifting this focus and emphasizing the possibility that followers actively have an influence over leaders, in particular leader behavior. This paper revisits traditional areas of the leadership literature and builds on the emerging followership literature to reintroduce followers as part of the social context of leaders. In an attempt to build theoretical rationales for how followers influence leader behavior we draw on the social influence (e.g., Social Impact Theory, Latane, 1981) and the power literature to suggest individual (e.g., strength and immediacy of followers) and group level (e.g., number of followers and unity of the group) characteristics that influence leader behaviors as a function of a leader's informational and effect dependence on followers.
Leadership, Followership, Follower
Leadership Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
OC, Burak and BASHSHUR, Michael R..
Followership, Leadership and Social Influence. (2013). Leadership Quarterly. 24, (6), 919-934. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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