Book News: May 11th, 2010

By Ira Chaleff

Many significant failures, including the recent economic collapse, could have been prevented or mitigated if those lower in the hierarchy were successful at communicating to leaders the risks they saw in the system. The updated third edition of The Courageous Follower includes a new chapter, “The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy.” Much of Chaleff’s model is based on followers having access to the leader. But today, followers can be handed questionable policies and orders that come from many levels above them. Chaleff explores how they can respond effectively, particularly using the power now available through advances in communications technology.

Everyone is a follower at least some of the time. Chaleff strips away the passive connotations of that role and provides tools to help followers effectively partner with leaders. He provides rich guidance to leaders and boards on fostering a climate that encourages courageous followership. The results include increased support for leaders, reduced cynicism and organizations saved from serious missteps.

Published by Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 9781605096094. $9.94