If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Followership











Followership

There is a lot of emphasis in our society on leadership. It seems to me that about half a jillion books have been written by coaches, and military officers about leadership.  After all, who knows more about leadership than men and women who sit on the sidelines and send others into the game or into the war?  Some such authors were obviously leaders and others, despite their conceit, were not.
I have long believed that the value of helping others achieve their goals has been under-valued way of co-operatively working toward my own goals. I’ve worked with a number of people who thought they were leaders because they were loud or abrasive and who were, in my opinion, more of a hindrance than a help in getting anything actually done. I’ve also worked for bosses who appreciated my efforts to make them look good, which, in turn, helped me look good.  Sometimes in jobs people with little or no executive power in their job description such as secretaries or assistants, are the ones who keep the enterprise going.

I have been impressed by writers as a group.  Well-known authors and agents have been very helpful to me and generous with their time.  I try to pass the favors on to others. 

I don’t know of much research on followership.  It is reported that on the eve of the battle at Waterloo, the commander of the English forces, the Duke of Wellington and his aides walked through the English campgrounds. He pointed toward an individual soldier saying that one soldier would have more effect on the outcome of the coming battle than Wellington, himself, would. 

Has supporting others helped you attain your goals?

12 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

My mother’s father, who I died before I was born, told her that on any occasion she should be either a good leader or a good follower. She passed that wisdom onto us children, to which I would only add that you also need to understand in which situations you need to lead or follow.

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

No one leads or follows in a vacuum. This is something I've seen so often in working with writing and directing drama productions. It's a coordinated effort. Sometimes knowing when to get out of other people's creative way is the most valuable asset. Thanks for the thoughtful message, Warren.

Gloria Alden said...

Excellent blog, Warren, and thought provoking. I wonder if in the past those who led were almost always men because they were louder and assumed a tough guy stance. In truth, the true leaders are those who are perceptive and realize those under them are valuable participants. I think one of the reasons Lincoln is still considered a great leader is because he had those positive attributes.

Warren Bull said...

Good point, Jim. Your grandmother was a wise woman.

Warren Bull said...

Theatre is a great example of coordinated efforts, Paula.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, Lincoln is one of my heroes,

Jacqueline Seewald said...

From my standpoint as a writer, I have been helped by other well-known authors on several occasion with book blurbs and reviews and tried to do the same for others by reviewing books and encouraging beginning writers, also doing interviews with other writers.

E. B. Davis said...

I've tried to support other authors by promoting their books. Some of those authors have steered me to markets for my shorts that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. When we all help each other it is a win-win situation. Sometimes followers become leaders and at another point in time the leaders become followers. I think the hierarchy isn't important as much as being able to play both roles and appreciating each position. Without followers, there are no leaders.

Caroline Petrequin said...

A friend of mine, applying to college,decided to be honest. When asked if she was a leader, she replied that no, she wasn't...but she was a pretty good follower. She was accepted. A note from the registrar came with it. "I think," he wrote, "that in a class of 100% leaders, we could really use one follower."

Warren Bull said...

Caroline. LOL

Marilyn Levinson said...

Warren,
Thought-provoking blog.

try to help other writers and other writers help me. We do this when we share information re marketing and publishers, and when we feature each other on our blogs. I think all this has helped me as a writer. The best part is I've made friends along the way.

Nike Chillemi said...

I founded the Grace Awards three years ago to help expand the scope of Christian fiction and to get the opinion of Christian readers into the fray.

It has been one of the most exhilerating and energizing things I've ever done. I found Christian readers desperately wanted to read works that would never make it onto the average Christian bookstore's shelf...and up to that point those titles would also never be considered in traditional Christian literary contests.

And contrary to what nay sayers in the establishment warned, Christian readers were able to pick well written books.

In this way, I've helped little known Christian writers who are talented and who have penned excellent and interesting stories come a tad more to the forefront. It's been a very interesting ride.

For anyone who wants to know more about the Grace Awards: http://graceawardsdotorg.wordpress.com/