A phenomenological inquiry into the reasons followers give for making the decision to follow

by Putney, Jason P., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2017, 121 pages; 10257219


This study was a phenomenological inquiry into follower motivations for making the decision to follow. The problem was that follower motivations for following were not known. If the motivations are known it is possible to design leadership development programs or hiring protocols to align with follower motivations and leader behaviors. The final sample included eighteen purposively selected individuals from the Midwest of the United States that submitted to semi-structured interviews. Additional clarifying questions were emailed to the interviewees and we responded to by six of the original interviewees. Some of the qualities that were found to encourage followers to make the followership decision were respect, quality communication skills, common goals, and competence. The inverses of these qualities were found to be qualities that encourage a follower to not want to follow a particular leader. Suggestions for further research include changes to the methodology, the recruitment, and the sample.

AdviserGeoffrey Laendner
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management
Publication Number10257219

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