Followership Follow to Lead Leadership Development 4-2c
Followership- What is it? • Similar to the concept of Leadership you have all experienced what it means to follow others. • Examples: • Being a member of a team • Serving on a project team for an academic class • Holding a job – working for someone else • Your new role as Freshman at The Citadel will bring this notion of being a follower to a whole new level!
Like Leadership, the concept of Followership is best understood by a concise definition Followership – a definition Followership Definition - “Followers of character and commitment acting to support the needs and goals of the team.” • This means putting the needs of others in front of your desires and building a relationship of trust and loyalty to your leader and your team!
Preparing • Followership is an essential part of preparing yourself for future roles and responsibilities. • Learning to follow helps prepare you for roles as a Leader and to learn how to serve a cause larger than your self. • Allows you to learn self-discipline and work as part of a team.
Group Work • Work together to identify the qualities to be a successful follower • Be prepared to share again with the whole group
Qualities of Followership • Self-management/Discipline • Commitment • Competence and focus • Courage • Humility • Understand our Core Values
Applying Followership • Always improving self • Seeing good/bad examples of leaders and adjusting oneself accordingly • Reactions to stress, remaining calm • Use constructive ways to fight stress/fatigue
Fourth Class System – What is it? • It is a system of requirements, traditional behaviors, duties, and expectations designed to promote this concept of followership • Governed by the Redbook, the Fourth Class System is one of the foundational aspects of The Citadel Experience
Principles of the Fourth Class System • 1. All cadets must accept personal responsibility for the fair, equitable, proper, and effective operation of the System. • 2. All cadets must implement the System in such a manner as to support each cadet's right to achieve academic excellence. • 3. The System must not interfere with a cadet's right to adequate sleep and food. • 4.The System must provide the new cadet with the necessary positive leadership development training to be prepared to exercise leadership within the Corps of Cadets. • 5.The System, properly implemented, uncovers and attempts to correct weaknesses in new cadets, which might otherwise result in a cadet's failure to meet prescribed standards. • 6.The System provides selected upper-class cadets with the opportunity to demonstrate learned leadership characteristics as they set the example, motivate, train, and mentor new cadets.
Key Objectives of the Fourth Class System • To teach new cadets the value of, and allow them to develop honor, integrity, character, responsibility, and personal pride. • To teach new cadets the concept of selfless subordination of personal desires and comforts for the good of their organization. • To teach new cadets how to live within a disciplined military environment in which they are also expected to discipline themselves. • To teach new cadets the importance of loyalty and honor. Loyalty to The Citadel supersedes loyalty to an individual cadet. • To provide fourth class cadets with the opportunity "To Follow" under the mature, competent and understanding guidance of cadet leaders, as the first and most important step in becoming leaders themselves. • To provide each fourth class cadet with a mentor from the first class. The mentor will be the fourth class cadet's advisor to assist the fourth class cadet in coping with the many challenges the cadet faces during the first year in a military environment. • To teach new cadets the importance of time management and organization in order to do things correctly the first time.
Summary • Your prior experiences have provided you more preparation than you know • Commit yourself to work hard for the coming year – it will be a challenge • Understand our Core Values and be ready and willing to help your classmates