While there are many theories about leadership, at the end of the day, leadership is about people and they ways in which they interact, decide and motivate. One way to prepare to be a better leader is to understand the role of the followers, because there is no leadership without followers.  Each of us has been and will be a follower at many times in our career, so in this exercise we are going to consider the role of follower.


  1. How should a leader think about followers?


  1. Pick one of the leadership styles we read about and describe how that type of leader might manage their followers.


  • Coercive
  • Authoritative
  • Affiliative
  • Democratic
  • Pacesetting
  • Coaching


  1. For you are in the role of follower (personally) what behaviors and approaches motivate you to do your best? You may comment on aspects such as having freedom to make decisions, having thorough training and understanding all of processes at the start, etc. Note that each of you may have very different priorities and there is no right or wrong answer.

Example: As a team member while doing a marketing project.

I want my leader to know what am I good at and discuss with the group first and then start to doing individual work.


  1. From our reading, is there one type of leader who is most inspiring to you personally?

Reading : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-trump/alphabets-new-ceo-pichai-now-sole-target-on-google-regulatory-battles-idUSKBN1Y8093

You could use Tim Cook as an example.


Papers will be evaluated based on

* Thorough answers (answer all questions completely)

* Demonstrated understanding and use of class concepts/readings

* Logic and persuasion

* Composition and grammar

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