A study of “Situational followership”.
Final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
2011 – January
This study looks at the new concept: “situational followership”. It discusses how
followership and leadership are connected and takes the approach of the follower. The study
mainly looks into the following questions:
How can situational followership can be described?
What is the most important parameter for a follower?
Does the choice of leader differ according to the situation?
How is situational leadership and situational followership connected?
This is a qualitative study with ten respondents. The voluntary engaged respondents
are representing two different organizations. In interviews follower-situations are discussed in
depth and the respondents also asses their impression of each situation. The analysis of the data
takes a qualitative approach to interpret the situations discussed.
Result & Conclusions:
The results point out that followership is to make a decision to follow a
leader in a specific situation. A follower wants to feel safe and secure with the leader and with
the situation. The leader must want to lead.
Suggestions for future research:
This study should be widened with a larger number of
respondents in order to verify the result. Other studies that use the perspective of the follower
rather than the leader would broaden the understanding of the leader-follower relation.
Contribution of the thesis:
This study has contributed to understanding how voluntary
followers understands their role and their relation to the leader.
Situational leadership, situational followership, Sense Of Coherence, SDT,
motivation, qualitative study.
2011. , 44 p.
ledarskap, följarskap, Kasam, situationsanpassat följarskap, frivilligt engagemang