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Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture

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In a society fascinated by leadership, have we devalued the significance of followership?

As part of a team that put on his organization's largest international conference, Allen Hamlin Jr. was asked, "How many people do you manage?" His answer--"None"--caught people off guard.

Even though he brought significant influence and contribution to the table, he didn't have a sin
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Kirkdale Press
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Joe Valenti
I’m a follower by trade. On a regular basis I can be found grinding away at my desk while my boss is in meetings that I would loath being a part of. I thank him regularly for being the boss and allowing me to function within my gift set. I’m also a youth pastor and I am often asked about my plans for the future – there always seems to be an underlying expectation that some day I am going to grow up and be a “real pastor.” For the time being I’ll choose not to jump up on my soapbox and start prea ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Leadership is something of a cottage industry. There are books, motivational posters, podcasts, TED Talks, and conferences designed to help you grow your leadership and lead well. A smaller amount of literature exists on the idea of followership (mostly published by leadership experts). Allen Hamlin Jr. has worked in the non-profit sector, training, mentoring and consulting for multi-ethnic teams for a Christian non-profit. In Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture  ...more
Zach Barnhart
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take a look around the bookstore next time you’re in it, and look for the section of books on leadership. Whether it’s management, entrepreneurship, or just general leadership growth in daily life, we have hordes of material on leadership thrown at us on a regular basis. Seminars, workshops, blogs, the list is endless. Learning about leadership is its own enterprise these days, and oddly enough, we’re still seeing the need for leadership to be taught. Maybe forcing everyone into a leadership min ...more
David Steele
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Allen Hamlin Jr, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture. Bellingham: Kirkdale Press, 237 pp. $14.99

True leaders will always have followers. At the heart of leadership is the assumption that a certain group of people is committed to following a given leader. Most books that address leadership focus on role of the leader, exclusively. Allen Hamlin’s new book, Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture takes a different approach.

Hamlin tackles the o
Todd Coburn
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. I really wasn't looking for a book on followership when Allen published this. Yet Allen's Introduction got my attention, striking chords of truth that I had not consciously noted beforehand. Allen reminded me how important good followership is, how essential the followership role is to any activity, and how noble and difficult it is to follow well. Allen's reminder that followership is essential and undervalued in our culture is right on the mark, and my experience supports his observation ...more
Brent Weidenhamer
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent read. Different from most books because it doesn't focus on the rat-race to the top, but rather in improving yourself, your team, and your group. A must read for anyone who is "coming through the ranks" or a new college graduate. Well done! ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to thrive in their career. Period. I would highly recommend it to followers and leaders alike!
John Vonhof
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embracing Followership is a book all pastors and church board members should read. It is loaded with concise and relevant quotes from other authors and church leaders. Followership is a vital component of church leadership. Understanding how followership fits into the life of the church, both for members and leaders, can lead to a stronger church. It's important to learn that all leaders, even pastors, are at times followers. Hamlin was written a strong and important book. It deserves to be read ...more
Brian Stankich
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Guide that Pieces Together Your Past and Propels You into Fresh Pathways of Service

Allen Hamlin's work is nothing if it isn't thorough, thoughtful and inspiring. He researched this topic well and pulled in hundreds of meaningful references. I appreciate how he integrates his own life and work experiences resulting in a guide on the leader-follower dynamic from which each of us can benefit. Take time with this book and I promise you that it will propel you into fresh pathways of service while e
Marti Wade
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the author I've often found myself in positions of influence but not title or authority, and felt vaguely uneasy about my "career" trajectory - shouldn't I have a title by now? This book helped me re-embrace the importance of being a fully engaged team member. Even against the backdrop of a culture that keeps insisting everyone is a leader, even if they are only leading "themselves." ...more
Nicholas Lapierre
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I've been interested in followership even before I knew that it existed so broadly in literature and research. This was the first book I was able to read that was completely dedicated to how to live as a follower. It provides insights from/by the author citing other works. While the book draws parallels for work, I would have like to see more references to other areas in life such as politics, interpersonal relations and so on.

Still well worth the read.
DNF - This book probably has some interesting concepts, but I couldn't finish because the writing was so rough. It could use another pass by an editor. ...more
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Allen Hamlin Jr has served with an international Christian non-profit organization since 2006. His role has primarily consisted of providing team development training and consultation, along with mentoring and member care, to multiethnic teams serving around the world. He and his wife, Lindsay, have participated in numerous working groups and facilitation committees for various global initiatives, ...more

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