Courageous Followership Research

Fellow National Association of Government
Communicators member Jane CaultonHead

reached out to our president, Glen Thomas, for
help with a research project supporting her Ph.D. studies in Organizational
Leadership at Regent University. With his approval and support, she is now asking
for our help with her research exploring the culture of courageous followers as
postulated by Ira Chaleff (2009).

Chaleff described courageous follower behavior
as assuming responsibility, serving the organization and its leadership,
challenging unjust and/or errant decisions, and participating in meeting
organizational goals and objectives. If such behavior is regularly practiced by
the staff of an organization, then the organization’s culture can be considered
one of courageous culture.

Jane’s research considers whether a culture of
courageous followership exists. More generally, she is investigating whether
people see their peers on average stepping up to the plate by assuming
responsibility, voluntarily serving their organizations, challenging unjust or
inaccurate leadership decisions, and participating in making change, or is it
only a couple of people on average who show such behavior?

Her project is multilevel. The first step is to
develop the survey, which will be a tool to help those surveyed identify the
behaviors. The second step will be to use the validated tool to conduct a
survey of an organization. If the research question of a culture of courageous
followership proves positive, then the research advances to what are the
advantages of such a culture.

This is step one where she needs our help to
validate the tool she has developed to gauge courageous followership culture in
an organization. To do so, please access the link below to take a complete a
short questionnaire.

It will take less than 10 minutes and your input
is needed by Tuesday, August 6, 2013. At the end of the survey,
hit the submit button and that’s it.

Jane will share the report of the results with
Glen for NAGC.

Your help is greatly appreciated and will help
to add the understanding of how people who operate organizations function.


Chris O’Neil
NAGC Communications Director

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