Master Facilitator Journal, the ezine for facilitators.  


Skill of the Week


Home | Skill of the Week | Archives | Resources | Forums
Life Coaching | About Us | Contact Us


Check out our new Personal Development Store. This store offers leading audio, video, and workbook programs on many personal development topics that support facilitators, leaders, and coaches.

Dream-Minder Is Guaranteed To Help You Find What Is Sacred Within You.

Click here to find out how.

Simple, Non-Technical Strategies for a Spam-Free Inbox. Easy to read, step-by-step, E-book to Stop Spam Now! 
Click Here for Details

CLICK HERE  to view a multitude of Free 
coaching resources.

Individual sessions by telephone to help you quickly & gently move past
fears, depression, panic, and any limiting beliefs that are keeping you from becoming a full expression of who you are. To experience new
healing now, call Richard Ross at 1-800-653-4465 or 541-535-3450, or visit

  We still have room right here for your logo or banner ad! Be seen by over 7,000 readers each week!

Go here for details.


The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0032| December 18, 2001
7,700 Subscribers

Group Management & Awareness Skill

Great Leaders/Facilitators Are Great Followers

An effective leader or facilitator knows how to follow others. 

The Point?

We've heard a lot in the business world about the importance of good leadership, attributes of a good leader, the importance of being a (fill in the blank) type of leader, etc. But we've not heard much about the attributes and importance of good followership. Since by definition, there will always be more followers than leaders, don't you think this is be an important skill to explore? 

Let's start by looking at followership from this perspective. Its been said that there are no poor followers, only ineffective leaders. This would presuppose that followership is not all that important. And on the surface, this sounds good, but if you look closely, it puts the entire brunt of responsibility for any group effort solely upon the leader. Could this have anything to do with why groups of people have such a difficult time getting things done? 

I think this is a big part of the problem with groups. Further, I think that the traits of an effective follower are similar, if not identical to those of an effective leader. So if everyone on a team has effective leadership/followership skills, then the work of the leader and of the team will be that much easier and that much more effective.

But how does this apply to facilitation, you ask? Well, as facilitators, you may often work with groups seeking to improve their own process and their ability to self-facilitate, i.e. to "lead" themselves, thereby providing what's been referred to as "developmental" facilitation

As a developmental facilitator, your ultimate goal will to be to work yourself out of the leadership role. If the group is amenable to taking the lead, you'll need to relinquish "control" over the group, at times and assume the humble task of the follower. You may even play the role of participant to model for others how to be a good follower. 

I believe that facilitation is needed not only because groups often need help in leading themselves, but just as importantly, they need help in learning how to effectively follow the leader. All good leaders need to be followers occasionally for the good of the team, and without a great team, great leadership amounts to nothing.


So what are the attributes of a good follower? A good follower might be described as follows (pun intended!):

- They accept, understand, and follow direction and instruction from the leader. But they don't blindly follow direction and they aren't passive wall flowers either.
- They are active rather than passive. They will not blindly follow instructions without first understanding all that they need to know to carry out a task and how it supports the group's mission.
- They are responsible. Good followers accept responsibility for their own actions and for the decisions of the group. This may require questioning or even opposing leadership that is against the good of the group or against greater values. 
- They are creative and resourceful. 
Good followers do not need to be told everything. Given a task, they will find ways and means to accomplish it without further direction.
- They are flexible and able to change direction midstream if necessary to support the group's greater good.
- They are loyal and dependable.
Good followers accept being a part of a team and recognize that, at times, they may need to compromise some of their own individual desires for the good of the team. They feel good about themselves by contributing to the group.
- They view the success of their team or organization as their own. Therefore, they step in and provide leadership or fall back into follower mode based on the leadership needed in the group at any given moment.


Your assignment this week is to assess your prowess as a follower. Try exercising one of the characteristics of a good follower that may be rusty for you. We're interested in hearing about your experiences. Please email us your stories and perspectives. We'd love to get hear from you!

cartoon image of a talking man.

Reader Survey 
As a "Meeting" Facilitator, what do you do to make meetings interesting and dynamic?  

As facilitators, or even as group members, we are sometimes asked to lead working meetings. Often these turn into long, boring status reporting sessions that would better be handled with an email. Our question this week is:

What do you do to make meetings interesting, engaging, productive, and fun?

We appreciate your ideas on this question that would be valuable for other readers to know about. We may use your responses as a resource for future issues of the journal or for other works.  Please email us your responses. All those who respond will be sent the entire collection of responses. Thanks so much for your consideration of our request.

If you know someone who might benefit and enjoy this newsletter, please send this link to a friend.

picture of Steve Davis, editor of the Master Facilitator Journal.

About the Author: 
Steve Davis is a Business and Life Coach facilitating others to reach  their full potential in their business and personal lives. Please email your stories, comments, suggestions, and ideas. Or call me at 800-216-3854. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading! 

In the Spotlight

Dear Reader,

I apologize for this piece being off the topic of facilitation, but we're just excited about publishing our first e-book and wanted to share it with you. It will help people save time and frustration in the long run by reducing their spam burden, so you could say this book "facilitates" freedom from spam! If you are interested in it and decide to purchase a copy, we'd love to hear your feedback.

Warmest regards,

Steve Davis


Simple, Non-Technical Strategies for a Spam-Free Inbox!

Easy to read, step-by-step, E-book to Stop Spam Now!

You Don't Need to Be A Computer Guru!

You Don't Need Lots of Spare Time!

All You Need is this Simple Guide and the Desire to Be Rid of the Spam That Threatens to Take Over Your Inbox!

Have you come to this site because you're tired of watching your inbox fill up everyday with dozens of useless emails that try to sell you everything from laundry soap to the latest get rich scheme?

Wouldn't you rather be devoting your time to your business, career, research, or just reading email from people you want to hear from?

If your answer is yes, then we can help!

For the past year, we've been researching and testing all the anti-spam strategies, resources, and methods available. During this time, we've discovered exactly what works and what doesnít work when it comes to ridding your inbox of spam. 

And because you're here, you're obviously smart enough to know that it will take a small time investment to manage or eliminate your spam problem.

So instead of having you waste more time reading this advertisement, we've written it just like we wrote our ebook-- short, simple, relevant, and concise.

So cutting to the chase, our simple e-book will:

    Show you step-by-step methods...
That are Quickl and Easy
To keep your inbox free of spam...
    Saving you dozens of wasted hours a year.

Here Are Some Of The Things Youíll Learn
To Stop Spammers in Their Tracks

1. You'll learn simple, up-to-date, non-technical, step-by-step solutions to keep spam out of your inbox with minimal time and effort, no matter what level of computer skills you have.

2. You'll learn a multi-pronged attack to deal with the spam problem, allowing you to select the approaches that work best for you.

3. You'll learn spammer secrets and methods so you can protect yourself from them.

4. You'll learn how to protect your business website  from threats to your online identity.

5. You'll learn about the legislative actions you can become involved in to better control this beast in the future.

6. You'll learn about the high hidden costs of spam to you and the business world.

7. You'll learn about the history of spam, and why and how spammers do what they do.

8. You'll receive a reference section with over 50 websites that cover anti-spam resources, filtering software, safe email address services, spam reporting services, anti-spam legislation, and more.

2 FREE Bonuses For Ordering By 31 Dec 01

For purchasing our ebook we will also send you a free e-booklet entitled, "The Top Ten Steps to Computer Security." This report provides you with the Ten Common Methods Hackers Use to Gain Control Over Home-Based Computers, and the ten steps you can take to keep your system secure. This knowledge alone could save you dozens of hours if you were to fall victim to this threat. (Estimated Value $4.95).

You will also receive with your e-book, a free 10-day Anti-Spam E-Course that will be delivered to you via email. This ecourse is a condensed version of the e-book that focuses entirely on the actions necessary to manage your spam problem. So if you don't have much time to read, and tend to avoid taking action, this e-course will get you moving on a daily basis with simple bite-sized steps.
(Estimated Value $14.95).

Well, there you have it. With all these features and bonuses, youíve got a complete system for solving your spam and computer security problems, and resources for improving your business and your life. The bonuses alone are worth almost double what we're asking for our e-book, $14.95.  And, if you order by Tuesday, December 31, 2001, we'll give you the book and the free bonuses for only $9.85.

So whatís the catch? Why am I practically giving these products away?

Well, itís really quite simple. Since youíre accessing these directly from the Internet I have no inventory and no fulfillment costs. I donít need to pay anyone to take the orders over the phone (though, you are welcome to call us at 805-489-4130 to assure yourself that we are real people). This way we can pass along our cost savings to you. Further, this is the first launch of these new products and we'd like to sell a lot of them real fast to get the word out. So you win and we win.

100% Risk-Free Guarantee

Your success in using these spam-canning strategies is completely guaranteed. In fact, if you try them and find they don't work for you, just let us know and we'll refund your full investment. And Iíll let you keep the free bonus gifts as my way of thanking you for giving the e-book a try.

$9.85 is really nothing compared to the dozens of hours you waste every month sifting through emails you don't want. How much is your time worth?  $20, $50, $100 an hour?  I'll leave that up to you to decide. But whatever your time is worth, the time you're wasting is a whole lot more valuable than this tiny investment. 

Why not take 2 minutes now to free up hundreds of hours in the next couple of years? 

Order Now!

P.S. Just think! Youíll never again suffer through the pain and hassle of sifting through the unrelenting onslaught of  unwanted emails. 

Order now through our Secure Server,
and get instant access!

Click Here Now

Or if you prefer, you can Click Here to get a printable order form to mail or fax to us.


Steven Davis and Gloria Craney
How Do I Stop Spam?
A MasteryUnlimited Product

 Copyright 2001. Mastery Unlimited. All rights reserved.                                           


The costs associated with preparing, editing and distributing the Master Facilitator Journal are covered 100% by our daily sponsor.  If you're curious about becoming a sponsor, view details here.

Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal.  Look for your next issue on December 25, 2001. 


Home | About Us | Skill of the Week | Forums | Archives
Resources | Life Coaching | Contact Us | Subscribe

Copyright ©2001. All Rights Reserved.