Followership is the silent partner to leadership. Leadership tends to eclipse followership but, as organizations flatten, research on followership, in a professional setting, is expanding and serving as a framework for reflection upon leadership practices and effectiveness. This project examines followership as a contributor to leadership, brings awareness to the significance of the leader-follower relationship, and identifies opportunities to improve leader and follower effectiveness. The study includes a definition and deconstruction of followership, a discussion of the evolutionary basis of the leader-follower relationship, the connotations and stigma associated with followers and leaders, and a review of the literature on followership. A survey was conducted to measure knowledge levels about and identification with followership, to ascertain preferred followership and leadership styles and preferences, and to identify potential opportunities for future research.

Project Type


College or School

College of Professional Studies Granite Division

Program or Major



Winter 2020

MSLD_Flores_Abigail_Capstone_Paper.pdf (3421 kB)
Capstone Paper