Follower Behavior and Followership Identity: A Follower’s Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Heise, Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-29T21:52:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-29T21:52:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/39025
dc.description Citation: Heise, S. (2018) Follower Behavior and Followership Identity: A Follower’s Perspective. Unpublished manuscript, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
dc.description Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award - Individual Non-Freshman Category, grand prize
dc.description.abstract This research evaluated how people who have functioned as followers understood their role as a follower and how their followership attitude shaped their behavior in that role. From 13 in-depth qualitative interviews, followers expressed their ideas from a follower’s perspective and viewed their roles on a spectrum from “humble compliance” to “shared responsibility for organizational outcomes.” All but one participant was unfamiliar with the term followership, and when asked to define the term, responses ranged from “no idea”, to “a partnership with leadership”. None of the participants had considered that their identities as followers could be developed in a similar manner to leadership development to improve relationships and role expression. Qualitative methods were employed to capture the nuanced responses that would not have been possible through surveys or questionnaires. Participant responses were analyzed to capture language and behavioral expressions in context. This research employed open coding to examine, categorize, compare, and conceptualizing themes that inform future research populations and variable selection.
dc.publisher Kansas State University. K-State Libraries
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dc.title Follower Behavior and Followership Identity: A Follower’s Perspective
dc.type Text
dc.description.advisor Dr. Natalie Pennington
dc.date.published 2018
dc.contributor.authoreid sasheise
dc.description.course Senior Colloquium: COMM 550


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