Written by Cheryl Beth Kuchler, CEO Think Tank
Why do people follow? More importantly, why would people follow you?
With the end of the first half of the year looming, if you haven’t asked yourself this question recently, it’s a good time to do so as you work on refining your plans.
Great leadership involves many factors but one of the most important, discovered by the folks at Gallup and written about in “Strengths-based Leadership”, is giving your followers what they need so that they can feel confident and inspired to follow.
“A leader charging forward without followers is just out for a walk,” write Tom Rath and Barry Conshie.
So what do effective leaders give their teams to get them to follow? More importantly, what do followers want from their leaders?
Here’s the four basic needs of followers that Gallup found in their research.
(HINT – Turn this into a self-development exercise for your team by sending this article to them and ask them the same tough question – why should people follow them?)