Ernest Byers 


Oct 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM 
Oct 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM 

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How Courageous Followers Transform Hierarchical Relationships into Partnerships

***NOTE: Registration required for this event - No Walk-In's will be allowed, as mandated by this venue. Registration CLOSES 2 days prior to event so please Register today.***

Most organizations are hierarchical in nature. Even small organizations develop hierarchical cultures. In large organizations – public corporations, hospitals, government agencies, churches – hierarchy is a strong feature of the culture. Hierarchy itself is not necessarily a problem, but it often distorts the relationships between those in formal “leader” and “follower” roles. Candor is the first victim. Learning is the second, as without candor in conversation, learning is limited. How do those around leaders develop the standing and confidence to communicate authentically so leaders operate on real, not wishful data? How do we create partnerships when power differentials seem built into the hierarchy?

For the last fifteen years I have explored the leader-follower dynamic from the follower end of the telescope. When you are not THE leader, how can you help the leader use power wisely and not squander or abuse it? Courage is needed. But also skill and tact. And when you are in the leader role how do you create a culture in which constructive candor does not require courage, because it is the expected norm? This unique seminar will examine what is involved in creating true partnership that supports larger organization development efforts.


Ira Chaleff is the author of the book The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders and co-editor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, a Warren Bennis Leadership Series title. Ira is based in Washington, DC and conducts leader-follower workshops for federal employees across  agencies and private sector companies and non-profits. He is president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates and a principal in the Institute for Business Technology, which has given him access to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies as well as small and mid-sized firms. He is chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation, which has given him an inside perspective on power relationships between elected officials and their staffs, both in Washington and third world legislatures.  Ira is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and the founder of the Followership Learning Community at the International Leadership Association. He was named one of the 100 Best Thinkers on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine.

Books will be availalbe for signature and purchase.   

Event Agenda:

5:30-6:00pm - Networking

6:00-8:00pm - Program

8:00-8:30pm - Closing Networking

8:30-TBD - Afterthoughts 


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