fol·​low·​er·​ship ˈfä-lə-wər-ˌship How to pronounce followership (audio)
: the capacity or willingness to follow a leader

Examples of followership in a Sentence

the televangelist has a substantial followership in the rural South
Recent Examples on the Web Because bad leadership and followership tend to flourish when the contexts within which they are situated are perceived as unfair and unequal, as strongly favoring the richer and more powerful at the expense of the poorer and weaker. Barbara Kellerman, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 The likes of Matt Gaetz believe that Republicans have a problem with the quality of their leadership when the quality of the followership is more the issue. Rich Lowry, National Review, 3 Oct. 2023 Dibadji listed team problem-solving, developing a strategy, articulating a vision, and creating a followership as among those traits. Jackson Fordyce, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2023 Such competencies help build followership and sell ideas up the chain of command. Inga Bielińska, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 The first step to creating a growth mindset is followership where your team signs up to follow you as a leader. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Influencers with sizable active followership can make a substantial full-time income from their social media activities and marketing partnerships with luxury brands. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The Nigerian-American couple leveraged their massive online followership to build a physical business that has already begun thriving in just a month. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Effective leaders create followership by connecting with heart and convincing with intellect. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of followership was in 1867

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“Followership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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