Enough About Leadership!

What are the benefits of followership, and how can it make for better leaders?
Free Webinar
Thursday February 28, 2013 1:00 PM EST

The immense literature that has accumulated on leadership encourages us to believe in the almost mythical power of these "heroic" individuals. What is largely lost in this literature is any mention of followers, and of their importance in organizational success (though we do hear about their role in organizational failures). This imbalance is heavily reinforced in the media: Movies about heroic political and organizational leadership abound, but try and find a movie about the virtues of followership.

Yet coinciding with the enormous body of research on leadership is a growing awareness that leaders do not act alone. Followers play a critical in role shaping leaders' successes and failures. In this free 60-minute webinar, Dr. Julian Barling will discuss fascinating findings from research studies documenting the importance of followers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The benefits of followership to your organization
  • How followership can increase the effectiveness of leadership
  • Potential implications for for traditional day-to-day practices including compensation and selection
Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Borden Chair of Leadership at Queen's School of Business

Dr. Barling research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership, and employee well-being. He is the author of well over 150 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of several books, including Employment, stress and family functioning (1990, Wiley & Sons); The union and its members: A psychological approach (1992, Oxford University Press); Changing employment relations: Behavioral and social perspectives (1995, American Psychological Association); Young workers (1999, American Psychological Association); The psychology of workplace safety (1999, American Psychological Association).  He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Workplace Violence (2006, SAGE Publications), and senior editor of both the Handbook of Work Stress (2005) and theHandbook of Organizational Behavior (2008), both published by SAGE. 

Dr. Barling was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Workplace Violence.

In 1996, Dr. Barling received Queen's University's "Excellence in Research" Award. In 2002, Dr. Barling was elected to as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was awarded one of the inaugural Queen's Research Chairs in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments in research and scholarship. Dr Barling is also a Fellow for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association.

MacLean's magazine named Dr. Barling as one of Queen's University's most popular professors in 1996. In 2001, Dr. Barling received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award, and Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision in 2008.

Smith School of Business
Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

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