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The Courageous Follower: Standing Up to and for Our Leaders - 3rd
Ira Chaleff

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Format: Paperback, 288pp.
ISBN: 9781605092737
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Pub
Pub. Date: 3rd edition November 1, 2009

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Many significant failures—from FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina to the recent economic collapse—could have been prevented or mitigated if those lower in the hierarchy were successful at communicating to leaders the risks they saw in the system. Ira Chaleff’s Courageous Follower model has facilitated healthy upward information flow in organizations for over 15 years. The Harvard Business Review called Chaleff a pioneer in the emerging field of followership—this new edition shares his latest thinking on an increasingly vital topic.

The updated third edition of The Courageous Follower includes a new chapter, “The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy.” Much of Chaleff’s model is based on followers having access to the leader. But today, followers can be handed questionable policies and orders that come from many levels above them—even from the other side of the world. Chaleff explores how they can respond effectively, particularly using the power now available through advances in communications technology.

Everyone is a follower at least some of the time. Chaleff strips away the passive connotations of that role and provides tools to help followers effectively partner with leaders. He provides rich guidance to leaders and boards on fostering a climate that encourages courageous followership. The results include increased support for leaders, reduced cynicism and organizations saved from serious missteps.


The Courageous Follower contains remarkable insight and a lot of practical advice that will be of enormous benefit to followers, and maybe even more benefit to leaders.”
—General Walter Ulmer, Jr., President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership

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Ira Chaleff is the founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates and chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington, DC. Ira's classic book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, has been translated into half a dozen languages. He is co-editor of the 2008 book, The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations. Ira was cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the field of Followership studies. He is the founder of the Followership Learning Community at the International Leadership Association and is serving as the community's president.

Table of Contents
Preface to Third Editionxiii
Introduction: The Five Dimensions of Courageous Followership6
1The Dynamics of the Leader-Follower Relationship11
2The Courage to Assume Responsibility35
3The Courage To Serve57
4The Courage to Challenge85
5The Courage to Participate in Transformation113
6The Courage to Take Moral Action147
7The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy179
7The Courage to Listen to Followers205
Meditation on Followership237
Select Bibliography243

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