Connecting Leadership & Followership

A talk by Sharna Fabiano
Coach & Trainer, Sharna Fabiano Coaching

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We understand the importance of great leadership, but what about its counterpart, great followership? The concept of following is usually dismissed as passive or subordinate, but that stereotype isn’t necessarily the real truth. Instead, followership can be a clear way to articulate the “yin” or responsive qualities to leadership’s “yang” or directive qualities.

This session shifts the perspective on professional power from a leader-centric, top-down model to a leader/follower, bi-directional model. The leader/follower framework promotes greater inclusion in the work place by demonstrating precisely why and how all employees are valuable and influential, not only those acting as leaders or named to official leadership positions.

Using tango social dance as a metaphor, you’ll learn specific followership actions that correspond to familiar leadership actions (for example: listening corresponds to speaking). Discussion questions during the presentation help you to identify where you can be a stronger follower in your own work environment by considering three identifiable stages of relationship-building: connection, collaboration, and creation.

*Photography in this presentation by Stephen Baranovics

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Sharna Fabiano

A former tango instructor, Sharna offers a fresh perspective on how practicing leadership and followership as interdependent skill sets can strengthen teamwork from the inside out.

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