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Epilogue – Enabler Effect

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Barbara Kellerman
Affiliation:
Harvard University, Massachusetts
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The Epilogue returns us to the Prologue. To the big questions as they pertain to leadership and followership. To leaders and their followers. To what is the role of and the responsibility of followers who find themselves in situations that are uncomfortable. That are uncomfortable because their leaders, those more highly positioned then they, are either incompetent, or immoral, or both. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings,” wrote Shakespeare in “Julius Caesar.” In other words, if we are followers, not leaders, we are not, not at all, absolved of responsibility. If things go wrong, we share blame for not speaking up and out, for not having the guts to speak truth to power – even if doing so comes at a cost.

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The Enablers
How Team Trump Flunked the Pandemic and Failed America
, pp. 261 - 278
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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