Find your leader-follower combination

When it comes to sharing responsibility, there could be two types of leaders. Type A includes those who share success and failure equally with his/her employees. Type B includes those who take credit only in success, but blame others for failure, without taking a due share on his/her part. Well, it is not the end of story here.

There could be two types of followers/employees too. Type A include those who think they are equally responsible for either success or failure along with their leaders, and type B would be those who think the leader should be blamed for all the failures, without any due share on employees’ part. 

Now we have four possible sets of leader-follower environment: AA, AB, BB, and BA. Type A leaders with Type A followers (hereinafter called AA) would be the best environment to work in. There is a mutual respect and sharing in each other’s contribution. The combination AB, where leader is equally sharing failure/success but employees don’t, would be a victimizing situation for the leader. Leaders will be demotivated because of followers’ behavior. Employees need to change their attitude to make this leader-follower compatibility into a sustainable one. The combination BB, would be something you need to watch at a distance! Every party would be blaming each other for failures, but attributing success to themselves only. Talk about stress at best, hate at worse. Both of them need to change.

The combination BA, where only employees are sharing success/failure with leaders, but leaders don’t, would be a victimizing situation for employees. Leaders need to change their attitude to make this leader-follower compatibility into a sustainable one. Otherwise, persisting in this set will result in employee turnover.

Now what’s next? Get people involved in training program where change in attitude is targeted. Please remember this old wise saying: when you point your finger to someone, you are actually pointing three fingers at yourself. Thanks.


About 1mmarketing

Working as Associate Professor, School of Business, United International University, Bangladesh; a North-American graduate, with doctoral studies from UUM, Malaysia; cherishing a wide-view of the world, with multiple interests in culture, people, traveling, and specifically marketing science. I have a colorful and diversified background with a blend of corporate experience, research, consulting, training, public speaking and teaching. I love to write about marketing issues that affect our lives, and talk about its direction that would promote the greatest human welfare.
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