Military and business books love to discuss great leaders, leadership styles, what types of leadership styles are associated with success, and how to be a great leader. Before someone can be a great leader, they have to be a great follower.
Good followership is the basis for the initial or entry level training for any military service for any military specialty. From the Army to the Coast Guard and all services in between, all start with individuals demonstrating how they can be a good follower. For leadership in the military, government, business, education and not-for-profit, the great leaders begin as great followers.
As you seek to start and progress your career, follow these five steps of being a great follower:
Leadership is an extra ordinary challenge. Great leaders are all supported by great followers who lead by example, are engaged, employ initiative, help others on the team, and ask questions to help set the strategy. When you look to improve your leadership style and characteristics, look to see how you can become a better follower. Great followers are great leaders & great leaders are great followers!
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Chad Storlie is the author of two books: Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and Battlefield to Business Success. Both books teach how to translate and apply military skills to business. An adjunct Lecturer of Marketing at Creighton University and Bellevue University in Omaha, NE. Chad is a retired US Army Special Forces officer with 20+ years of Active and Reserve service in infantry, Special Forces, and joint headquarters units. He served in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and throughout the United States. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab. In addition to teaching, he is a mid-level marketing executive and has worked in marketing and sales roles for various companies, including General Electric, Comcast, and Manugistics. He has been published in The Harvard Business Review blog, Business Week Online, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and over 40 other publications. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
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