Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or condition of following a leader; adherence: "It was not a crisis of leadership. It was a crisis of followership” ( Christian Science Monitor).
  • n. A group of followers; a following: "It is hard to have leadership when you have a divided followership” ( Joseph Badaracco).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Adherence to a leader
  • n. A group of followers

Etymologies

From follower +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Secrets of good "followership" - why you must be a good follower to be a good leader

    AvaxHome

  • But the issue today is really one of followership - in other words, whether nations outside the U.S. would take their cue from New York City and Washington even if both those cities were inhabited by latter-day Solons.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Meanwhile, President Obama must deal with the inheritance from the past with fifth columnist "left-behinds" in every corner of his administration, not to mention a moronically strident Republican "followership" prattling the fevered imaginings of Boss Tweed Limbaugh and the rest of the naughty boys and girls on Fox, stirring up anger, fear, race hatred, and, yes, sedition.

    Sack Rahm

  • Somebody said yesterday in a discussion I was part of that people often talk about wanting leadership but they don't know what 'followership' means and often when people say 'give us firm leadership' they mean just play back to us what we want to hear and we'll feel better about it.

    Simon Mayo Interview

  • The Courageous Follower is a contemporary classic that redefines the power and responsibility of "followership," the role of many who must support, confront, engage, foster, and leverage the talents and wisdom of their leaders.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • Israel, Moishe House, Hillel, and Limmud are among the most obvious examples of this shift, a host of other organizations also have embraced the concept of "followership" by making engagement of the many a higher priority than the empowerment of the few.

    New Jersey Jewish News

  • What I think we need are some 'followership' programs.

    New Jersey Jewish News

  • The Jewish leadership and "followership" all were encouraged and empowered to do what earlier seemed impossible!

    Biblical Recorder

  • "Leadership is not about having a title and making decisions, it's about building a 'followership' that's committed to you."

    MIT World: Recent Updates

  • "followership," the role of many who must support, confront, engage, foster, and leverage the talents and wisdom of their leaders.

    WN.com - Financial News

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