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Chapter from: "The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2008

Abstract

There are two types of followers: bureaucratic and interactive. A key element of the bureaucratic social character is the hardworking obsessive personality that has internalized a dominant father figure from early childhood. For people with an interactive social character, the significant person from the past they project onto a leader is often not a parent but a sibling or close friend. To create collaboration, as a leader you'll have to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each type of follower in order to bring out the best in both. This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow'.

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Abstract

There are two types of followers: bureaucratic and interactive. A key element of the bureaucratic social character is the hardworking obsessive personality that has internalized a dominant father figure from early childhood. For people with an interactive social character, the significant person from the past they project onto a leader is often not a parent but a sibling or close friend. To create collaboration, as a leader you'll have to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each type of follower in order to bring out the best in both. This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow'.

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