It’s pretty hard to come up with the name of a leader who started out at the top of their field. Almost everyone that we would consider to be a great leader started at some kind of entry level position and developed their leadership skills and technical expertise in order to gain positions of increasing responsibility. Working for other leaders gives us an opportunity to study leadership and develop our own leadership philosophy and style by observing the way others lead. Exercising good followership in our organizations is just as important to our professional development as looking for opportunities to lead others.

Good Followership and the One Challenge Rule

We all know the importance of good followership and showing trust and respect for the leaders who are appointed above us in our organizations. Sometimes we can experience an internal conflict when we disagree with a decision that our boss has made. We want to be good followers and support the decision, but also are concerned that the decision might actually prevent our organization from effectively accomplishing the mission. A tool that we have to deal with this is called the “One Challenge Rule” and it gives us an opportunity to respectfully approach the boss to voice our concerns. Used effectively, the One Challenge Rule lets us demonstrate good followership in a tough situation while still helping us look out for the best interests of our organization.

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