All leaders highly depend upon people who follow them. Without followership there is no such thing as leadership. How and which kind of followership can be won, however, varies considerably depending upon the approach leaders employ. A leadership which rests upon positional powers, such as reward and coercive power, might, for instance, be effective in the short run, but it is often not very sustainable. In such cases, people follow only within the prescribed boundaries and only when control mechanisms are in effect. In contrast, in the present book, the author presents a concept of "respected leaders". Here, respected leaders are conceptualized as individuals whom other people like to follow. People are open to their leadership because they see such individuals personally legitimized to be in a position of leadership.
Niels van Quaquebeke