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ERIC Number: EJ861001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Demonstrating the Interplay of Leaders and Followers: An Experiential Exercise
Sronce, Robin; Arendt, Lucy A.
Journal of Management Education, v33 n6 p699-724 2009
Classroom discussions of leadership often neglect the essential role of followers. These discussions do little to address the reality of our students' predominant roles as followers within organizations. We describe the Origami Frog exercise, an experiential exercise that enables students to discover how follower behaviors impact group process and outcomes. Students are asked to play either leader or follower roles, and followers are asked to exhibit either Effective or Passive follower behaviors. Predictably, different follower roles interact with leader behaviors to yield different consequences. The Origami Frog exercise is complex enough that followers can significantly influence results and yet simple enough that the exercise and its relevant pre- and postdiscussion can be accomplished in a 50-min class. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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