Date of Defense

Summer 2010



First Advisor

Timothy B. Palmer

Second Advisor

Rich Compton

Third Advisor

Satish Deshpande


Organizational success is generally thought of as a barometer for effective leadership, but is it really? Certainly in part, but research tells us effective followership has a much larger impact. The author begins by addressing concepts of followership from its earliest dawning to present sentiments. Then she explores relative facets of motivation theory to uncover why anyone would choose to follow. Followership theories detailing supposed types of followers are explored preceding leadership theory as it relates to followership. Case studies involving leader/follower dynamics are furnished. This thesis serves as a literary review of published works relating to followership, motivation, and leadership.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only