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"If you believe lack of authority prevents you from leading effectively, it is time to rethink your understanding of leadership."
— Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson
Leading From the Second Chair

"If I had to reduce the responsibilities of a good follower to a single rule, it would be to speak truth to power."
— Warren Bennis

"Followers are more important to leaders than leaders are to followers."
— Barbara Kellerman

“A follower shares in an influence relationship among leaders and other followers with the intent to support leaders who reflect their mutual purposes.”
— Rodger Adair

“Employees do a great deal more following than leading, even as leaders. For the most part, followership behaviors drive tactical successes. Leadership talents and skills propel strategic accomplishments.”
— Rodger Adair

“The difference between followers and leaders is that followers need leaders to help them follow what leaders themselves are following. This relationship takes the form of a shared response-ability to a shared calling. Both find each other in a true fellowship to create the world responsibly.”
— James Maroosis

“Followership is a discipline of supporting leaders and helping them to lead well. It is not submission, but the wise and good care of leaders, done out of a sense of gratitude for their willingness to take on the responsibilities of leadership, and a sense of hope and faith in their abilities and potential.”
— Reverend Paul Beedle

"You're gonna have to serve somebody."
— Bob Dylan

"Followership, like leadership, is a role and not a destination."
— Michael McKinney

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
— Edith Wharton
Vesalius In Zante (1564)

"Followership does not mean changing the rank of followers but changing their response to their rank, their response to their superiors and to the situation at hand."
— Barbara Kellerman

"Co-leadership should permeate every organization at every level."
— David Heenan and Warren Bennis

“If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second.”
— Cicero

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
— Helen Keller

“It is the men behind who make the man ahead."
— Merle Crowell

“The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle.”
— Leonard Bernstein

“From Gandhi to Mandela, from the American patriot to the Polish shipbuilders, the makers of revolutions have not come from the top."
— Gary Hamel

“The ability to make hard truths palatable is one that every long-lived co-leader has mastered."
— David Heenan and Warren Bennis

“Learning the secrets and skill of great No.2s remains the surest path to becoming No. 1.”
— David Heenan and Warren Bennis

"True leadership must have follower-ship. Management styles can vary, but even an autocrat needs people who believe and simply don’t follow from fear."
— James Robinson III, RRE Ventures

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
— Theodore Roosevelt

"We all cary a responibility to do what we can when it will make a difference."
— Michael Useem, Leading Up