CHARACTERISTICS OF GOOD FOLLOWERS 3
feared. Eventually, other junior employees emulated Janes character, a development that created
a unique workforce, as John would later admit in an interview.
Active followers exhibit dedication while performing tasks because they feel committed
to a product, cause, organization or an idea. People who show commitment are very concerned
about what they do and always avoid conflict of interest. However, significant commitment is
something other people may misinterpret and abuse. Some colleagues, probably not willing to
work, abandoned work, committed individuals. Therefore, followers should be careful not to fall
victims of that parasitic behavior. Typically, most people prefer working with committed
individuals because they boost morale and workers who deviate from normal workings are
jostled back into line. Eventually, projects timeline remain the same because of perceived goal.
Again, the commitment must be consistent with objectives of the organization because
dedication in a wrong path can have detrimental results.
For instance, a young computer technologist cared deeply about operations in his firm.
He understood that software application applied in collecting data about company data was
ineffective. He embarked on a mission to develop a better one. Despite experiencing challenges,
the technologist worked closely with his departmental to develop a new software application that
revolutionize organization workings. His immediate boss acknowledges his commitment, a
factor that contributed to his positive appraisal that year.
Courage and Confidence
Without a doubt, effective followers are honest, courageous, and credible. In most
instances, they portray critical thinking and independence, which make them trusted individuals.