Why good followers are important, and 8 qualities good followers must possess

The Ivy Business Journal has attempted to isolate the qualities of a good follower in the business world and the world of sport would do we...

The Ivy Business Journal has attempted to isolate the qualities of a good follower in the business world and the world of sport would do well to draw a parallel with those:

Judgment. Followers must take direction, but not blindly. Good judgment is required to establish the difference between following good instructions following or contending instructions that are ethically inappropriate or constitute unsportsmanlike behavior
Work ethic. Good followers are good workers. They are diligent, motivated, committed, pay attention to detail and make the effort.
Competence. In order to follow, followers must be competent. They must have the relevant knowledge and skills to play their position, whether they play on offense, defense or special teams.
Honesty. Followers have a responsibility, to be honest. Respect and politeness are important and followers also have to be able to offer constructively critical feedback.
Courage. It takes real courage to confront a leader about concerns with the leader or that leader’s agenda.
Discretion. Followers owe leaders discretion. Talking about the sport, teammates, coaches and other staff inappropriately is at best unhelpful and more likely harmful.
Loyalty.  Loyalty is important and relies on strong allegiance and commitment. A lack of loyalty can cause problems between team members. It can compromise performance on and off the field. Quality loyalty is not a synonym for lapdog. Followers should remember that their obligation is to the team, not necessarily a given leader at a given point in time.
Ego management. Good followers have their egos under control.  They are team players in the fullest sense of the concept. They have good interpersonal skills. Success for good followers relates to performance and goal achievement, not personal recognition and self-promotion.


Consider how well your followers possess these skills. Perhaps rank them on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being not at all and 10 very well. Once you have conducted this exercise, identify the skills and capabilities you need to cultivate and build these overtly into the practice program.

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