SIOUX FALLS, SD -
A University of South Dakota Professor has taken more than a decade of research on leadership and written a book on what it takes to become an effective leader.
USD Professor of Political Science Matthew Fairholm's book is titled, “Putting Your Values to Work: Becoming the Leader Others Want to Follow." Fairholm looked at the public who follow effective leaders and summarizes the key elements of leadership and what it takes to get people to follow someone.
“The most important concept, I think, is that leadership is more about figuring out why people should follow you rather than someone else,” said Fairholm, who has been a member of the USD faculty since 2003. “It is not about your position or rank in a formal or informal organization, it is about tapping into certain elements of the decision-making process of a potential follower to get that person to choose to follow you rather than someone else.”
The timing of Fairholm’s book comes on the heels of the government shutdown and the American public’s questioning of the effectiveness of leadership in Congress.
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