A Follower's View of Leadership
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 3 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-3-March-2004
I have led, and I have followed, and there have been times when I have totally lost the perspective of my
position. These lost times have made me contemplative on the topic of leadership; they have honed my
viewpoint as I have had to question the most fundamental aspects of leadership to regain perspective.
My wonderings, musings, observations, research, study, and self-mediated debates—although never to
hear the final rebuttal—have yielded two radical characteristics of leadership.
Leadership and leaders—the embodiment of leadership—exist to effect positive change. If we were all
satisfied with the way things are in the world, there would be no need for leaders. We would still need
managers to oversee the individuals who maintain the status quo, and we would still need supervisors
to oversee the tasks and processes associated with that maintenance.