February 8, 2010
Directors as Leaders and Followers
I have a database of ninety different leadership styles that have been the subject of countless studies and articles. That said, why is there so little information on followership? With the increased scrutiny directed at boards in the U.S., I began to wonder about when directors are leaders and when they are followers. Some questions directors can ask themselves on this topic are:
1. To what degree does the board lead verses follow in the strategic planning process?
2. How does the board discriminate the difference between being right and being relevant on matters of corporate governance?
3. Are we failing to treat changes in our environment seriously because we don't think they can effect us?