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Follower First by Rusty Ricketson
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I read this book because I have a significant interest in the topic of followership (in contrast to leadership). In that regard, I found Ricketson's book to be a refreshingly positive book as it honors the role of following and seeks to correct traditional biases.

While the layout, editing, diagrams, and Follower First Profile all come across as a bit amateurish, this book is a helpful place to begin one's journey in pursuing excellence as a follower. It provides exposure, however brief, to a broad range of facets that are worth considering, including character, power, and various models of leadership. I'm not sure that he ever succinctly presents his "Follower First philosophy" in a clear manner, and even though he has a chapter on implementation, I'm still left wondering if it's possible to create this kind of culture within modern churches and organizations. Nevertheless, there is something helpful in his raising our awareness to consider these issues.

Since there's not a lot written on the topic of followership, and even less from a Christian perspective, I recommend this book as a starting place, and encourage additional reading to then further one's growth and reflections. You can find other items on my Listmania! for "Followership Resources."

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August 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
September 6, 2013 – Shelved
August 13, 2015 – Shelved as: followership

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