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Even as leadership books outnumber followership books by a large factor, the social sciences and training fields have created large numbers of assessments related to leadership while leaving a near desert of followership assessments. I argue the case that followership assessments are foundational for followership development—that descriptive language for differentiated styles is needed to understand one's own followership style and the potential paths for performance improvement. The assessment I use consists of four styles: partner, implementer, resource, and individualist. I review the ways this assessment has been integrated into followership developmental initiatives to activate the potential for assessments to stimulate growth. The paper closes with an overview of additional research and developmental instruments that will be needed as the field of followership matures.

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