fol·​low·​er·​ship | \ ˈfä-lə-wər-ˌship How to pronounce followership (audio) \

Definition of followership

1 : following
2 : the capacity or willingness to follow a leader

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Examples of followership in a Sentence

the televangelist has a substantial followership in the rural South
Recent Examples on the Web Effective leaders create followership by connecting with heart and convincing with intellect. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Inclusiveness has gained ground as criteria for acceptance, respect, support, and followership. Ritu Anand, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Great leaders inspire membership, not followership. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Social media is like: Look outside yourself for validation; look to likes and followership. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 22 June 2021 In the context of followership, my own definition of reasoning is the reflective application of the right assumptions, rooted in historical context and enhanced by grace and understanding. Thomas Bradley Cox, Forbes, 11 May 2021 That’s why credibility matters so much: If the U.S. is to re-establish leadership on climate change, its efforts are only as good as followership by the rest of the world. David Victor, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 Barrett was interviewed by international media outlets and his Twitter followership swelled even more. Sara Harrison, Wired, 18 Feb. 2021 Interpersonal skills are key: teamwork, followership, leadership, communication skills. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of followership

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Followership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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