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Following Through the Good and the Bad?: Building a Positive Change Culture With Authentic Followers

Following Through the Good and the Bad?: Building a Positive Change Culture With Authentic Followers
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Author(s): Joseph Crawford (University of Tasmania, Australia), Sarah M. Young (University of Tasmania, Australia) and Matthew Wayne Knox (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 30
Source title: Leadership and Followership in an Organizational Change Context
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sajjad Nawaz Khan (Iqra University, Pakistan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2807-5.ch010

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Abstract

Followers are underrepresented in the organizational change literature despite their considerable influence on change success. Politics, culture, motivation, communication, and readiness have a large impact on change success, and these influences are examined in the change context. Each of these are influenced by leaders and followers. The role of authentic followers in enabling positive change through their organizational engagement is explored in depth. This chapter demonstrates that while the influential role of leaders in change is established, the authentic follower represents a large body of potential change agents with the capacity to positively influence the success of change. Many behaviors of the authentic follower make them an ideal candidate for this role, including moral potency, high levels of engagement in organizational structure, and flexibility. Further research highlighting the value of the authentic follower is warranted.

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