IF YOU SCROLL THROUGH THE SUBJECT CATALOG at the Library of Congress, you will find the category “leadership” and hundreds of books on the subject. You will not find a category “followership,” and you will only find a handful of articles and books on the subject, tucked away under the leadership rubric. This is curious as there are many more followers in the world than leaders. Improving their performance would seem equally worthy of study as improving the performance of leaders.

I have been absorbed with the subject of followership most of my life, since becoming aware as a child of the systematic destruction of six million European Jews by the Nazis during World War II. In my heart, like so many others, I held the German people responsible, ...

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