An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar


Presenter: Barbara Kellerman

Date: 27 February 2008


In her new book, Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders, Barbara Kellerman challenges the leader-centrism that dominates our thinking about leadership and management. In this Webinar, she takes exception to the idea that followers are less important than leaders. She demonstrates how followers are different one from another and how even followers who do little or nothing have an impact on what happens. Finally Kellerman will explore her overarching claim, which is that as a result of forces now converging, followers are becoming more important and leaders less so. She takes questions at the conclusion of her talk.

Speaker Information

Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was the Founding Executive Director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, from 2000 to 2003; and from 2003 to 2006 she served as the Center’s Research Director. She also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Fairleigh Dickinson, and as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and is author and editor of many books including Leadership: Multidisciplinary PerspectivesThe Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership; and Reinventing Leadership: Making the Connection Between Politics and Business. Her other recent books are Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters (2004); a co-edited (with Deborah Rhode) volume, and Women & Leadership: State of Play and Strategies for Change (2007). She holds an Honorary Degree from Ripon College, and is currently ranked by Leadership Excellence in top 15 of 100 “best minds on leadership.”