In your readings for this unit from Strengths Based Leadership, Rath and Conchie discuss why people follow others. They ask you to consider, “Which leader has had the most positive influence in your daily life” (Rath & Conchie, p. 80)? Begin this discussion by describing the leader who has had the most positive influence in your daily life. List a minimum of three words that describe what this individual has contributed to your life. Describe this individual’s contribution.
While conducting their research, Rath and Conchie noticed a distinct pattern of recurring words that describe a follower’s four basic needs: trust, compassion, stability, and hope (Rath & Conchie, 2008).
Describe a time when you had the privilege of working with a leader who met your basic followership needs. What were your basic needs, if different from the ones identified by Rath and Conchie? What did the leader do to meet your basic needs? If your needs were not met, explain why. Describe what the leader could have done differently.