The Followership Game
Documentary. Entrepreneur Natalie Campbell investigates the consequences of our modern obsession with leadership.
Entrepreneur Natalie Campbell investigates the consequences of our modern obsession with leadership.
Countless books, courses and speakers reflect on leadership. But perhaps the obsession is actually covering up a deeper anxiety - that leadership is in question.
Everyone wants to understand what makes leaders tick - the charismatic ones, the retiring ones, the crooked ones. In an era of flatter, networked organisations, leadership roles are often more ambiguous. There is a sense that leadership is in short supply in society and business.
By contrast, the counterpart of leadership goes unmentioned. Is there such a thing as followership?
Natalie investigates our changing idea of leadership and and asks what it means to be a follower. How does gender and ethnicity affect these concepts? Are our assumptions about leaders and followers holding us back?
Presenter: Natalie Campbell
Producer: Heidi Pett
A Somethin' Else production for Radio 4.