Intoxicating Followership: In the Jonestown Massacre (Hardcover)

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Intoxicating Followership: In the Jonestown Massacre (Hardcover)


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Toxic behavior is on the rise in public safety organizations, businesses, politics, and churches, to name a few. Faced with unprecedented circumstances, there is a need to better understand leader/follower interdependence when destructive leaders are at the helm making harmful decisions.

Toxic followership begins with the pioneering spirit of a trusted individual who, through creative manipulation, transforms our mindset whereby we can so easily become an extension of a toxic leader's moral decay. There is a myth that the Jonestown tragedy is a distant episode in history that can only happen in certain environments with people unlike oneself. The survivor's stories are reminders that without understanding the framework of toxic followership, the unsuspecting targets are prey, available for consumption by a leader with liquidated morals.

This book is for those who desire to gain insight into the leader/follower dynamic in order to serve others by unmasking the dangers of toxic followership, provide prevention suggestions, and reveal followers' power, even in desperate situations.

Wendy M. Edmonds, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor at Bowie State University, is Chair of the Followership Learning Community at the International Leadership Association - the largest followership research and practitioner group in the world. Recognized internationally as a scholar-practitioner in followership, an emerging field of study in organizational leadership, Dr. Edmonds is the first researcher to conduct focus group studies with survivors of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre that occurred in Guyana.
Product Details ISBN: 9781800714595
ISBN-10: 1800714599
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Publication Date: March 16th, 2021
Pages: 71
Language: English