An Effective Follower Who Is Active Essay

1332 Words May 2nd, 2016 null Page
There are four types of followers as based on a ranking of activity, and of level of critical thinking. A follower who is active and an independent critical thinker is an effective follower who is active but not a critical thinker is a conformist follower. A passive follower who is a critical thinker is an alienated follower, and a passive, not critically thinking follower is simply a passive follower. Any where towards the middle of this model is known as a pragmatic follower (Lussier & Achua, 2007). Of these types, I find myself to be an effective follower because I am both a critical thinker, and very active. I found myself often going to achieve the objectives of the client organization independent of my leader solely because I found it to be more efficient, though this was in no way obvious or a cause of conflict (Lussier & Achua, 2007). There are nine guidelines to becoming an effective follower that I followed rather unintentionally, though some of them were not relevant to the situation I was in (Lussier & Achua, 2007). The guidelines that were relevant to me that I followed were to: offer support to the leader; take initiative; seek and encourage feedback from the leader; show appreciation and to keep the leader informed (Lussier & Achua, 2007). The main one of these that I focused on was to take initiative. I always looked for opportunities to improve the success of the project outside of what was asked of me to improve the quality of the project and to improve…

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