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Type of Paper/Work
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Historically, the leadership literature mentions the role of followers only in passing. New research is emerging about the importance of followers and the role they play in the distribution of power between leaders and followers. Using Kellerman's theory of leadership as a theoretical framework, this study positions engaged voters as "followers" in the 2016 Presidential election, and examines their perceptions of the election and its relationship to the distribution of power between leaders and followers. The findings reveal that in a context marked by dissatisfaction, political polarization and technology, followers in this study want change, but cannot or do not envision it beyond the bounds of the current governmental system.
Casey, Shannon L., "Stranger than Fiction: A Qualitative Thesis Examining Leaders, Followers and the Distribution of Power in the 2016 United States Presidential Election" (2017). Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Theses. 31.